Charlottesville to be First City in Dominion Virginia Power’s ‘Smart Grid’ Network
- Innovative program opens doors to wide range of energy conservation options
- “Smart grid” uses “smart meters” to offer customers more control over electric bills
- Improved efficiency would save money, reduce environmental impact
“This program launches a new era in energy efficiency and customer empowerment for Virginia,” said
Pending regulatory approval where required, the highlights ultimately are expected to include:
- Automatic energy usage reduction of about 4 percent or more annually for typical residential customers through more-efficient management of energy delivery by Dominion. That will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 12,000 tons annually, equal to removing 2,100 cars from the road.
- A demonstration project providing customers Web access, through www.Dom.com, for energy usage and billing information.
- The option of time-based rates that give customers the opportunities to shift electricity use to off-peak times for additional savings.
- A demonstration project with
Arlington, Va.- based Positive Energy to provide periodic reports that show customers how their energy usage compares with other customers.
- A demonstration project to test battery storage systems that could promote renewable electricity generation such as solar.
- Automatic reporting of outages, allowing for quicker restoration of service.
- Increased customer convenience through remote turn-on and turn-off of service and remote meter readings.
- A demonstration program for light-emitting diode (LED) street lights.
- Assistance for
Charlottesvilleto evaluate an electric transportation program.
The SmartGrid Charlottesville project is in addition to 12 energy conservation programs that Dominion Virginia Power plans to offer across its service area pending approval of the Virginia State Corporation Commission. The company expects to seek SCC approval for those programs in a filing early in July.
The Charlottesville-Albermarle County area was chosen for the project for several reasons. Its varied, hilly terrain provides a test of the two-way wireless communications capabilities of smart meters. It also has a mix of residential, business and institutional customers, and customers have expressed a high interest in actively managing their energy use.
“SmartGrid Charlottesville is a major leap forward in reducing energy consumption in our households and sets a great example for the rest of the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Kaine. “As Virginia continues to invest in industries of the future, innovative tools like smart meters will help households save money on their utility bills while reducing our impact on the environment overall.”
costs for consumers while also reducing our carbon footprint.
“This initiative gives consumers new tools to make smarter choices in how — and when — they use energy,” said U.S. Sen.
Pending regulatory approval, the company plans to install smart meters and equipment throughout its service area over the next few years. The
SmartGrid Charlottesville is in addition to Dominion Virginia Power’s green power program and its other energy conservation programs.
Even with conservation, however, Virginia’s demand for electricity will continue growing by an estimated 4,600 megawatts by 2019. In addition to improving the infrastructure for transmitting power, the company will meet the growth in demand by pursuing a balanced mix of new generating facilities, including wind, biomass and other forms of renewable energy, emissions-free nuclear, natural gas and clean coal technology.
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SOURCE Dominion Virginia Power