Landis+Gyr, Texas-based utilities Oncor and CenterPoint Energy, San Diego Gas and Electric launch national 'Biggest Energy Saver' campaign, contest to promote energy conservation through smart meter use
June 13, 2011
– Founding Partner in "Biggest Energy Saver" Effort Showcased at White House
Landis+Gyr, the leading global energy management solutions provider, today joined Aneesh Chopra, United States Chief Technology Officer, and Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu at the first White House Grid Modernization Event as a founding partner in the Biggest Energy Saver Campaign, a national program aimed at promoting energy conservation among U.S. electricity consumers.
The campaign, operated by Grid21, a new non-profit committed to helping consumers manage energy better, brings together the most innovative leaders in the smart grid industry.
Landis+Gyr is partnering with Texas-based utilities Oncor and CenterPoint Energy, as well as San Diego Gas and Electric in California to launch the Biggest Energy Saver Campaign.
The comprehensive campaign is the first and largest of its kind in the nation and is aimed at demonstrating the benefits of using information from smart meters, powerful two-way communications devices that allow utilities and consumers to track energy consumption in real-time.
As a founding partner, Landis+Gyr has actively participated in the program's design and launch. The Biggest Energy Saver Campaign will feature a customer-savings contest sponsored by Grid21. The campaign will drive the creation and use of customer-friendly tools for managing home energy consumption. By giving consumers easy ways to read and understand the data provided by smart meters, the Biggest Energy Saver program will help consumers make more educated decisions about their energy use.
A second component of the Biggest Energy Saver contest is a nationwide call to create software applications that will enable consumers to better monitor and reduce home energy consumption. In Texas, software application developers will be vying for prizes up to $150,000. Landis+Gyr is helping lead the application developer program, given its unrivaled record for innovation and software interoperability with partners and developers.
At the White House event, Landis+Gyr's Chief Operating Officer for North America, Jerry Figurilli, said: "Landis+Gyr is proud to be a part of this nationwide effort, supporting our utility clients as they engage energy consumers to manage energy better. Over the past three years, Landis+Gyr has partnered with Oncor to deploy nearly two million smart meters, one of the largest and most successful roll outs in the U.S."
Approximately 150 industry executives gathered at the White House today to address the challenges standing in the way of electric grid modernization.
"Landis+Gyr recognizes there remains plenty of work to be done to create a smart grid that is worthy of the 21st century," said Figurilli. "The Biggest Energy Saver Campaign, by using proven technology to drive innovation and engagement, is aimed at helping speed up the process."
Privately held Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of integrated energy management products tailored to energy company needs and unique in its ability to deliver true end-to-end advanced metering solutions. Today, the Company offers the broadest portfolio of products and services in the electricity metering industry, and is paving the way for the next generation of smart grid. With annualized sales of more than US$1.5 billion, Landis+Gyr operates in 30 countries across five continents, and employs 5,000 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better. Visit the company's website at www.landisgyr.com.