Tracking the Smart Grid’s Environmental Impact

Smart meters can help you save money and help the environment at the same time.

Wait — what’s that we hear?

Skeptics: “That’s what people say, but how do you really know the smart grid is helping the environment?”

A healthy dose of skepticism is good for all of us, and this is exactly the question ComEd, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and our partner Citizens Utility Board (CUB) have recently teamed up to tackle together. Earlier this month, ComEd agreed to track how much new energy infrastructures are helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, after EDF and CUB helped them develop the tools to do that.

CUB Executive Director David Kolata said, “As the nation tackles the issue of carbon emissions, we owe it to consumers to clearly track such benefits.”

According to EDF, some of the smart grid measures that Illinois will now be able to track include:

  • Enabling energy efficiency and conservation
  • Reducing peak electric demand
  • Enabling demand response, an important resource that pays customers to conserve electricity when the grid needs it most
  • Enabling the integration of clean, renewable generation sources, like rooftop solar

ComEd’s agreement to track the smart grid’s effect on carbon emissions and other key metrics is a really big step — and it makes Illinois a national leader in the field of energy modernization.

What do you think? Is it important to you that ComEd is tracking its environmental impact? Leave a comment below.