GMP launches new initiative to empower customers

19 March 2014

New Smart Grid Technology allows customers to track their power use in real time

Colchester, Vt. – In the first of its kind initiative in Vermont, Green Mountain Power is testing new smart grid technology called The Smart Home, which allows Vermonters to track real time power use using a new GMP iPhone app.  The Smart Home is the latest innovation to come from the Company’s Energy Innovation Center in Rutland.

As part of the initial test of this technology, 25 people including GMP employees, educators and customers will take part in the test phase. GMP will use the test phase to assess and adjust product functionality and improve customer satisfaction.

“Vermonters have said time and again that they want to be empowered to make smart energy choices that allow them to control their energy use and save money,” said Mary Powell President and CEO of Green Mountain Power. “This exciting test is an important step in our work to make products like smart plugs, that empower the consumer, available to all Vermonters.”

The Company says that this program marks the first time that they are bringing smart grid technology inside the house for the benefit of consumers. Currently, GMP customers can view online their past energy use, but this technology and the use of smart plugs and other products will bring more of the benefits of smart grid to Vermonters throughout their homes. The result is greater control over energy use, remote control of devices including small appliances and even thermostats.

Participants in the test group have just received a smart home start kit containing a smart plug and an Internet gateway that will connect both to the participant’s smart meter and to their iPhone app.  The app will display daily, hourly and real time energy consumption, allow control of smart plugs, and will also enable remote temperature control of smart thermostats.

“Technology is an important part of my everyday life,” said Elsie Gilmore, a GMP customer who is self-employed and part of testing the Smart Home. “Since I’m always on the go, I’m excited at the thought of using my smart phone to track and control how much power I use at my home no matter where I am.”

The initial test phase will last for 2 – 3 months, at which time GMP will make any necessary adjustments to the program.

“I am very excited to see how this new technology will work,” said Phil Surks, a teacher and Underhill resident. “This product not only allows us to control energy use in our homes, it offers peace of mind that you can turn off a device with the ease of an app if you’ve accidentally left it on.”

About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com), the Solar Electric Power Association’s 2013 Utility of the Year, generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in the state of Vermont. The company, which serves more than 250,000 customers, has set its vision to be the best small company in America.   

Contact: Dorothy Schnure, 802-655-8418