Home energy data delivery hasn’t kept up with the speed of social information; many networks are currently delivering day-old (or month-old) home energy data. That is about to change.
Greentech Media reports that Fort Collins Utilities is trying something new and different: speeding up the smart-meter-to-back-office-data collection loop, and putting it out to customers every 15 minutes.
Last month Fort Collins became the first utility to launch Siemens Energy Engage, a customer engagement platform from eMeter that works with the EnergyIP platform. ”eMeter EnergyIP captures the complex relationships among devices, premises, customer accounts, users, applications, networks and services that must be managed in any Smart Grid,” according to eMeter, which is a Siemens business.
This new system will speed up the rate of data processing. “The reason we’re able to do it is because of the pace we can get information from the EnergyIP system,” Lisa Caswell, eMeter president, told Greentech Media. With Fort Collins, it was able to deliver 15-minute electric usage interval.
Data coming from Energy Engage is also “clean,” according to the utility’s standards, something that home energy devices can’t promise, Caswell said. Siemens is talking to several smart thermostat and home energy management providers about the potential for marrying their in-home connectivity with eMeter’s data management and verification, Greentech Media reported.