Erding, Germany, March 29, 2010 – The 33,000 citizens of Erding, Germany, will benefit from the environmental advantages of GE smart grid technologies in a step toward managing energy and water consumption.
Stadtwerke Erding, the city’s public works department, is implementing a pilot installation that will consolidate and report data to homeowners on energy and utility usage, including electricity, gas, water and heating.
Public works departments like those in Erding are part of a trend in Germany to re-communalize key town infrastructure. Towns are taking a financial stake in multi-fuel utilities, water, district heating, transport and communications.
These municipalities provide ideal environments to showcase technologies available today that can increase efficiency and have a positive environmental impact.
The smart meters are connected to a central office for analysis and planning via a data concentrator, providing data to optimize usage efficiency and minimizing waste. Benchmarking data from last year will contribute to emissions and efficiency programs in 2010 and beyond.
“The municipality of Erding is making history by applying the benefits of smart grid technologies across all of the utilities in a home, maximizing the ways we can understand and lessen their effect on our planet,” said Keith Redfearn, general manager–transmission and distribution in Europe for GE Energy Services.
By consolidating infrastructure, the program also delivers operational advantages, reducing up-front costs and allowing other communications-dependent functions like security, health, safety and assisted living monitoring to be added as the city develops those solutions.