by Todd Myers
Posted February 3, 2020 In Scholar Commentary

How Private Innovation Leapfrogged Political Plans for Smart Meters
How Private Innovation Leapfrogged Political Plans for Smart Meters

The 21st century has been a time of change and opportunity for the U.S. electrical grid.

New technologies have expanded the ability of utilities to engage electricity consumers in conserving energy and reducing electricity demand during peak hours. Innovations are providing consumers more information about how and when they use electricity. Innovations are also giving customers more control over their own power consumption.

A decade ago, the deployment of smart meters was expected to be an important part of that change. Smart meters, it was claimed, would help consumers save energy by providing price transparency and information about how homeowners use energy…

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