New Fact Sheets Help Consumers Understand the Benefits of the Smart Grid

The smart grid is reducing carbon emissions, preventing outages and enabling clean energy technologies, among other important consumer benefits

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The Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative (SECC) released a new series of fact sheets to help consumers understand the many benefits of the smart grid and the ways that they can engage in programs, services and electric rate plans that are enabled through smart grid technologies.

Over the last decade, the smart grid has helped create a new landscape for consumer engagement in energy. SECC’s Smart Grid 2.0 fact sheets focus on three key areas of this energy transformation – energy data, electricity pricing options and consumer benefits – and explain in clear language what they mean for the average American consumer.

Compared to just a decade ago, today’s energy consumers have access to more electric rate plans, utility programs and services, and data-driven insights than ever before. The “Exploring Your Power Options” fact sheet explains in an easy-to-understand manner what goes into electricity pricing and provides examples to help consumers understand time-of-use rates, peak-time incentives and more.

The “Using Data to Become a Smarter Energy Consumer” fact sheet answers many of consumers’ top questions around data, such as “How secure is my energy data?” and “What types of energy data are available today?” It also outlines some of the steps that consumers can take to save money and meet other energy goals with their data.

Finally, the “How the Smart Grid Benefits You” fact sheet provides an overview of the societal and consumer benefits of the smart grid, including saving consumers money, enabling the growth of clean energy technologies and electric vehicles, and improving power reliability in homes and communities. This fact sheet also highlights smart grid successes from three utilities: Commonwealth Edison, Southern California Edison and Baltimore Gas and Electric.

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