Southern California Edison to Install Smart Meters In Westside Communities of Los Angeles County
Southern California Edison (SCE) has started installing smart electric meters in several Westside communities of Los Angeles County as part of the Edison SmartConnect program. The technology will enable SCE residential and small business customers to take advantage of new programs and services in the near future.
Communities in the upcoming installation phase include Beverly Hills, Culver City, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and a small cross-section of Los Angeles and Venice where SCE provides service.
Edison SmartConnect meters are digital, secure, two-way communicating devices that are replacing traditional mechanical meters, and provide a key step in transforming the electric system to a smart grid. Customers with smart meters will have access to their daily energy usage data through SCE.com, and will be able to sign up to receive e-mail, voice or text message alerts. These can help customers track usage against a monthly budget target of their choice, and reduce monthly bills.
Earlier this year, SCE started introducing these programs and services that enable customers to make better-informed decisions about their energy use. Westside communities will get access to the same smart meter-enabled programs and services in the months following smart meter installations.
Over the past several years, we have focused on developing an industry-leading smart meter program, including extensive testing of our smart meters and associated systems to ensure their quality and performance, said Ken Devore, director of SCE’s Edison SmartConnect program. Smart meters will empower our customers to become better managers of their electricity usage through new tools, programs and services that will help them save energy, money and the environment.
Once advanced features are fully activated in coming years, SCE’s smart meters will be able to communicate with the next generation of smart thermostats, appliances and other devices. (Meaning turning off or turning on at will by remote means.)