Siemens Energy, Inc. has completed the installation of the first full-scale roll-out of eMeter's Energy Engage customer web portal on-site at Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative (Bluebonnet) in Bastrop, Texas. The portal was deployed on top of the eMeter EnergyIP Meter Data Management platform in order to provide Bluebonnet's consumers easily accessible and understandable daily usage and cost information. With the information collected, the customer will be able to assess the implications of variable-rate pricing as regulators consider moving to time-of-use (TOU) and event-based rates in the future.
"Energy Engage is an instrumental piece of our Sustainable Grid program. We feel it empowers our members to make smart economic decisions relating to their energy usage and will increase member satisfaction," said Mark Rose, CEO, Bluebonnet Electric.
Leveraging a multi-channel communications approach, Energy Engage provides a comprehensive exchange of information on an exceptionally cost-effective basis. The result is that Bluebonnet will have transparency into consumer cost savings derived from using Energy Engage. In addition, the service also enhances the consumer experience by enabling proactive consumer engagement and by providing advice from respected sources for best practices and cost-saving tips related to electricity usage.
"In addition to implementing the meter data management system at Bluebonnet, Siemens was eager to help Bluebonnet truly '"engage"' its end-use consumers by supplying the eMeter web portal that allows them to actively monitor and adjust their usage habits, and thus ultimately save money," said Paul A. Camuti, Siemens Energy, Inc., president, USA Smart Grid Applications. Siemens understands the complete energy conversion chain and is able to transform today's grid into a living infrastructure that is smart enough to respond quickly, flexibly and comprehensively to society's energy needs. Siemens also incorporates solutions for commercial and industrial applications as well as smart homes, including building automation, IT systems integration, advanced lighting technology and energy efficient appliances for a comprehensive Smart Grid solution.
Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative serves more than 80,000 meters and owns and maintains about 11,000 miles of power lines, located across more than 3,800 square miles within 14 central Texas counties. Bluebonnet's service area stretches from Travis County to Washington County and from Milam County down to Gonzales County. The Company's vision is to provide the power that unlocks the potential of its employees to transform the lives of its members. For more information visit: www.bluebonnetelectric.coop or follow Bluebonnet on Facebook and Twitter.
The Siemens Energy Sector is the world's leading supplier of a complete spectrum of products, services and solutions for the generation, transmission and distribution of power and for the extraction, conversion and transport of oil and gas. In fiscal 2009 (ended September 30), the Energy Sector had revenues of approximately EUR25.8 billion and received new orders totaling approximately EUR30 billion and posted a profit of EUR3.3 billion. On September 30, 2009, the Energy Sector had a work force of approximately 85,100. Further information is available at: www.siemens.com/energy.
eMeter provides essential software that enables electric, gas and water utilities to realize the full benefits of Smart Grid. Leading utilities worldwide depend on eMeter Smart Grid Management software to reduce operational costs, improve customer service, and drive energy efficiency. With the most large-scale deployments in the industry and strategic partnerships with Accenture, IBM, Logica, and Siemens, eMeter has built a reputation for unparalleled expertise that ensures customer success. For more information visit: www.emeter.com.
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