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Dominion Pilot Smart Grid Project in Charlottesville, VA

Monday, July 6th, 2009

According to Dominion:

Charlottesville is the first city in Virginia and one of the first in the nation where homes and businesses will be equipped with “smart meters” that will make the delivery of electricity more efficient and less costly and will lay the groundwork for a “smart grid.”

On June 16, 2009, Dominion Virginia Power executives joined Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and local officials to announce the company is launching an approximately $20 million program – SmartGrid Charlottesville – to install about 46,500 “smart meters” in the city of Charlottesville and Albermarle County by the end of the year (http://www.dom.com/about/conservation/smartgrid-charlottesville.jsp).

My reaction is, “it’s about time,” having seen that there was the technology to provide such metering in the 1970s, albeit at a much less advanced stage than current capabilities.  There are some interesting rate base and pricing issues that I will cover in another post.

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