Energy consumption data & connected devices put families and businesses in control of their energy
On April 6, 2017, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) adopted a Resolution regarding utility compliance with cutting edge legislative mandates included in AB 793 to raise awareness of energy management technologies (EMTs) among residential and small & medium business customers and to provide incentives to purchase them.
The order launches an unprecedented effort to speed the adoption of technologies that empower consumers to manage their energy.
The Resolution calls on Pacific Gas & Electric and San Diego Gas & Electric to provide greater support to their online marketplaces (PG&E Marketplace, SDG&E Marketplace), powered by Enervee, where consumers can become aware of EMT offerings available to them, including updates of the marketplace to contain all relevant home energy management technologies. Southern California Edison (SCE) and SoCalGas will have to launch similar energy technology marketplaces that include energy efficiency, demand response and related energy management technologies.
All websites shall be updated or created by the 4th Quarter of 2017.
It also specifies the two types of EMTs to be included in the online marketplaces:
At Enervee, we’re delighted to support California’s investor owned utilities in complying with these new mandates, liaising with cutting edge technology providers and providing utility customers with a platform that can support their exploration of these emerging technologies.
Enervee has already integrated smart advanced power strips, thermostats and LED bulbs into existing utility marketplaces, and we look forward to expanding to technologies that put AMI data to work for customers.
The Resolution also directs IOUs to follow-up with customers who complain about their bills, are behind on their bills, have been contacted about disconnection, or have been placed on a payment plan regarding potential EMT solutions to reduce their energy bills and avoid disconnection. This explicitly includes providing directions on how to access the updated energy technology marketplace website and understand the relevant product information that would be obtained there (product pricing, product rebates available, savings estimates for the products, customer reviews, etc).
As Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves stated at the CPUC Meeting on April 6th:
“This is certainly not a solution to all the problems, but is a small piece of our effort to try to improve, in every decision, the situation for the highest impacted ratepayers.”
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