[tabi] Re: City of Tallahassee News Release -

  • From: "Lynn Evans" <evans-lynn@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 22:01:37 -0400

This is quite wordy. I don't think there was any mention of Talking 
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  From: City of Tallahassee 
  To: evans-lynn@xxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 2:40 PM
  Subject: City of Tallahassee News Release - 


        City of Tallahassee Receives $8.9 Million Federal Smart Grid Grant 

        President Barack Obama yesterday announced the award of Smart Grid 
investment grants to modernize the nation's energy grid, spur development of 
renewable energy sources, stimulate the economy and create new jobs. The City 
of Tallahassee Utilities was selected to receive $8.9 million to further city 
efforts to use technology to help customers manage their power use and save 

        The federal smart grid grant will be used to build upon the major 
commitment by the Tallahassee City Commission to implement a Smart Grid system. 
The system includes the installation of 220,000 smart meters and the associated 
communications infrastructure, software for data collection to better manage 
power use by customers and the system overall, and smart grid devices for 
customers including smart thermostats, in home displays and other tools that 
allow customers to manage their power use. 

        In 2005 the City Commission directed staff to evaluate the potential 
for a smart grid system in Tallahassee. At that time, the concept was being 
discussed in the industry, but across the nation little movement was taking 
place. In March 2007, desiring to be on the cutting edge, the Commission 
directed staff to move ahead with development of the system. By the end of 
2009, the city will have installed 220,000 smart meters as the backbone of the 
system. By the summer / fall of 2010, customers will be able to utilize the 
system to manage their power use through such options as: 

          a.. Changing your home or business thermostat via the web from any 
          b.. Choosing an electric rate that fits your lifestyle - for example, 
the option of a lower rate for using power in off peak times such as evenings 
or weekends. 
          c.. Evaluating your energy fitness, including how your home or 
business energy use compares to others. 
        Tallahassee will be one of the first communities in the nation to offer 
Smart Grid services to its utility customers. Upon completion of the metering 
and communications infrastructure this year, the City will operate the first 
electric, gas and water Smart Metering network in the nation. 

        "We started the investment in smart grid technology before it took off 
as a smart concept nationally," said Mayor John Marks. "With the receipt of 
this federal grant, we will be able to do even more to give our customers 
greater control, flexibility and cost-saving options with their utilities. 

        "With the support of the Tallahassee City Commission, I've had the 
opportunity to meet personally with agency officials in Washington D.C., and 
they understand Tallahassee's work as a leader in the Smart Grid technology," 
added Marks. "That's important for our customers as the bottom line is that 
they will be able to save energy, save water and save money." 

        Tallahassee was one of the 100 entities selected for the grant from 400 
applicants. According to Reese Goad, Utility Business and Customer Services 
Director, additional benefits from the federal funding and the city's 
investment in Smart Grid technology and the city's Energy smart Plus (e+) 
initiative include:

          a.. Energy-saving pricing programs 
          b.. Greater customer choices 
          c.. Access to up-to-date customer account information 
          d.. In-home energy usage and information displays 
          e.. More efficient field operations - less staff and trucks in the 
field and less interruptions for customers 
          f.. Automated leak detection for water meters 
          g.. Improved theft prevention 
          h.. Access to billing and usage information via the web 
          i.. Interactive web-based tools such as online energy audits and much 
          j.. More efficient power outage restoration - we'll be able to 
identify the locations of outages for faster repair 
        For more information on energy audit appointments, energy-saving tips 
and other e+ programs visit Talgov.com/YOU or call Your Own Utilities at 
891-4YOU (4968).

        Contact: Reese Goad, Utility Business and Customer Services Director, 
891-6803 or Michelle Bono, Assistant to the City Manager, 891-8200 

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