GE Smart Meters In UK Lower Energy Use

GE is touting the success of a community in North Leigh, Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom that has installed smart meters, which the company claims lowered energy by 10% in the community for three consecutive month –  a commendable, but hardly conclusive amount of time.

Around 800 homes were equipped with smart meters in the town of approximately 2,000 residents, who were given the option to see real-time data about gas and electricity use via a website.

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The United Kingdom has ambitious plans to install smart meters to every home in the country by 2020, and to reduce carbon production 20% by the same year. The project in North Leigh was chosen along with two other towns in Scotland and Wales for electricity reduction testing, and was funded by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Although GE has set up a website that looks to educate people about smart grid technology and how it relates to electric vehicles, we’ve reported several studies that suggest utilities are not only unprepared for electric vehicle implementation, but also failing to education consumers on a variety of levels. Still, the Environmental Defense Fund believe the the technology is integral to reducing energy use, and that even those that are faulty are doing their job.

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Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.