In-Home Energy Monitoring on Trial
Brooklyn Union has announced that it is joining Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), Tele-Communications Inc. (TCI) and Microsoft Corp. in testing an energy information service known as “EIS.” Customers using the service in Brooklyn Union`s territory will be able to monitor and manage their household energy consumption using personal computers.
As an affiliate member of the EIS trial, Brooklyn Union will join a team that now includes eight energy affiliates and their respective cable partners. Landis & Gyr will be the principal provider of energy information and control equipment and Andersen Consulting is the integrator for the affiliate program.
The primary focus of the EIS trial is market research. In a trial currently being conducted in Walnut Creek, Calif., PG&E`s software is linked to an easy-to-use wireless remote control and a television-set-top box provided by TCI. Microsoft`s advanced multimedia operating system connects the services to the television. In the second phase of the trial, Brooklyn Union will connect customers via a PC/Internet interface. Using either of these modes, utility customers can easily access energy consumption data, customize schedules to control lighting, heating and air conditioning, and view energy costs for selected appliances or the entire house. Trial participants will measure consumer interest in these and related energy services.
Other energy utilities participating in the EIS trial include the following: KN Energy, Nebraska Public Power District, Orange and Rockland Utilities, Pacific Enterprises Company, PowerGen PLC (United Kingdom) and Vattenfall (Norway).