Naperville, IL, will offer electricity users in the city advanced management and control over their use online this spring – once a cyber security study is completed.
The Daily Herald says that the system was designed by city staffers. It will enable customers to compare electricity use on a monthly, daily or hourly basis. The city hopes this will lead to reduced consumption by, for instance, time shifting use of appliances.
The functionality initially was to be available in August, 2013. The vendor, Calico, couldn’t deliver. It returned most of the money Naperville had paid to settle a lawsuit. The city declined to by a product from another company, Lowfoot, that was tested.
Naperville is not the only community in Illinois working on smart meters. In June, The Chicago Tribune reported that Commonwealth Edison next month will begin installing smart meters in businesses and homes in La Grange, IL.
Residents refusing the devices will be charged on a monthly basis. The story says that the meters enable customers to view their usage and, by radio frequency signals, send that data to ComEd and report outages.