Charlottesville gets smart with Dominion Virginia Power’s new project named SmartGrid Charlottesville. Under this project the power company will install over 46,000 high technology electric meters on homes and businesses in Charlottesville and the close-in areas of Albemarle County. The new meters should result in incresed energy efficiency and lower energy bills as Charlottesville residents and Dominion Power are able to monitor energy usage more closely than under the previous system. Through this new technology residents will have the opportunity to monitor their energy usage on the internet.
According to an article in the Charlottesville Daily Progress “Dominion expects that energy usage will be reduced by 4 percent annually for residential customers because of more efficient energy delivery, and that carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced by 12,000 tons per year. The reductions, to an extent, rely on whether consumers decide to closely monitor their usage.”
Charlottesville has been chosen as the test site for this new technology because of local residents interest in managing energy consumption. This project is one more way that Charlottesville Goes Green.
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