No, it won't be manditory for a very long time, as homes don't have the needed equipment. they will likely offer price discounts to those who are willing to go on a variable pricing model, and buy the needed equipment. and, there's at least one benefit for the city right away: that's remote meter reading. ------------------------------ Chip Orange Database Administrator Florida Public Service Commission Chip.Orange@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (850) 413-6314 (Any opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Florida Public Service Commission.) > -----Original Message----- > From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Blackjack > Sent: Thursday, October 29, 2009 8:03 AM > To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Subject: [tabi] Re: City of Tallahassee News Release - > > This is great as long as they don't make it mandatory. I > think it should be > a if you want to type of thing. We already have to much > government control > of our lives. Just my thoughts. > > > > > > Thanks, > Blackjack > misterblackjack2@xxxxxxxxx > > > -----Original Message----- > From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf > Of Allison and Chip Orange > Sent: Thursday, October 29, 2009 7:23 AM > To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Subject: [tabi] Re: City of Tallahassee News Release - > > while there's no talking zigbee (that's the protocol for > smart energy use > this is talking about) thermostat that I know of; companies like home > automation inc make thermostats which tie into a central > system in your > house, and that central system in turn is accessible and > controllable over > your phone or over a web-like interface via your lan, or even over the > internet. > > such thermostats have capabilities like being able to adjust > to the price of > electricity, which can vary throughout the day if you sign up > for that kind > of plan. so, if electricity gets high in price, you can set > the thermostats > to cool a little less, or heat a little less; you can turn > off the hot water > heater, and so on. > > Chip > > > -----Original Message----- > From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf > Of Lynn Evans > Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 10:02 PM > To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Subject: [tabi] Re: City of Tallahassee News Release - > > This is quite wordy. I don't think there was any mention of Talking > thermostats. > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: City of Tallahassee > <mailto:City_of_Tallahassee@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> > > To: evans-lynn@xxxxxxxxxxx > Sent: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 2:40 PM > Subject: City of Tallahassee News Release - > > <http://www.talgov.com> > > > 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 money. > > 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: > > * Changing your home or business thermostat via the web from any > location. > * 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. > * 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. 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