Customers to Monitor and Control Energy Via Web Site
Edison Source, the unregulated energy services subsidiary of Edison International, recently announced the availability of an interactive, computerized system that will allow customers to monitor and control energy use and develop strategies for the emerging competitive energy marketplace.
According to Owens Alexander Jr., Edison Source`s retail energy marketing senior vice president, the EMS will allow customers to view their energy use information via reports and graphs delivered over the Internet to a personalized Web page. The usage data is polled from “smart meters” at the customer`s site to Edison Source, where it is then processed into pre-designed reports the customer can view using a standard World Wide Web browser. Each customer is assigned high-security access identification and passwords to ensure confidentiality.
“Our interactive energy information and management system enables users to assess overall energy needs and evaluate their options as the unregulated energy market unfolds,” said Alexander. “As the new marketplace evolves, customers who take advantage of this information and understand their energy use will have distinct competitive advantages over those who remain uniformed.”
Edison Source is currently testing the system at select Hughes Family Markets in southern California. Using the system, the supermarket chain will be able to access real-time meter data, current energy use, historical energy use, current energy cost, historical energy cost, interactive graphs of energy, demand and cost, as well as customized benchmarks.
Future versions of the EMS will include gas measurement, equipment monitoring and control, two-way communications between customer sites and Edison Source, and access to real-time energy pricing data.