The Addison Chamber of Commerce will host a public meeting on the smart grid on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 8 a.m., at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury. The public is invited to attend the event which will include time for questions and discussions.
Amanda Beraldi from Central Vermont Public Service and Brian Otley from Green Mountain Power will talk about upgrades that are bringing greater reliability and operational efficiencies to the electric grid. They will also describe the timeline for installing smart meters on local homes and businesses, which will lead to new opportunities for customers to reduce their carbon footprint and save money on electricity.
“Smart grid” refers to the installation of digital control devices and communication technology throughout the electric grid, which will continuously relay information to utilities about equipment performance, potential or existing outages, electric demand, and usage. This will allow utilities to use power more efficiently and address problems quickly. The result will be an electric system that is more reliable, makes better use of existing equipment, and will more easily be able to integrate small scale renewable energy projects.
Over the next two years, about 80 percent of Vermont’s households will have smart meters installed. Smart meters and other tools will eventually allow customers to actively manage their use of energy, saving money and reducing demand during the peak periods when utilities rely on traditional generation sources.
Vermont’s smart grid development project is a result of a Department of Energy taxpayer-funding award in 2009 to a statewide collaborative of Vermont electric utilities. Over the three-year award period, the funding will cover half the cost of system upgrades that will lay the foundation for eventual full deployment of smart-grid technology in Vermont.
For more information about this presentation and to reserve a seat, contact the Addison County Chamber of Commerce by phone at 802-388-7951, extension 2 or by e-mail at email@example.com.