Smart Grid Lessons From Baltimore Gas & Electric

June 23, 2011
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via The Energy Collective

Ken DeFontes, President and CEO of Baltimore Gas & Electric, discusses his company’s approach to implementing smart grid technology into BG&E’s territory.

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Justin Segall : Justin Segall here for the Daily Energy Report with Ken DeFontes, President and CEO of Baltimore Gas & Electric. Ken thanks for sitting down with us today.
Ken DeFontes: Sure, my pleasure.
Justin Segall : You talked today in your presentation a lot about the future of the smart grid and your role as utility. Going forward, could you tell us a little bit about how you see your role for Baltimore Gas & Electric in the coming age with your smart grid deployment and the merger that you have upcoming?
Ken DeFontes: We’ve been at the forefront of testing out and evaluating this technology now for several years. The information we’ve learned from our customers is that opportunity for energy efficiency and saving money for our customers is significant. By providing this innovative solution, we think we’re going to bring up a real value proposition for our customers. Our role is really to provide the infrastructure. We put in the meters. We provide the raw data. I think once customers have information at their disposal, they will innovate then through the adoption of portals and web applications and mobile applications that will be developed by third party providers. Our job is to make sure that the infrastructure is sound, that the infrastructure is reliable, and that the quality of the data that we produce is consistent and reliable. That’s going to be our role in terms of being the enabler of this smart grid explosion.
Justin Segall : What do you see as your biggest challenge then for that engagement of the customer, getting them to uptake the applications whether they’re coming from you or from a third party provider?
Ken DeFontes: I think, obviously there’s a lot of work to accomplish just to go out and replace two million meters. If you think about, that’s not an insignificant effort in itself.
Justin Segall : Absolutely.
Ken DeFontes: That has to be done first before you can provide the data. I think preserving the data integrity and the privacy of the information would be something that’s important. We’re doing a lot of work to make sure that that’s done properly. We also are spending a lot of time on the grid security, the cyber security- a lot of focus there. I think those are challenges that all utilities that deploy this technology are going to face. But I think it’s worth the risk when you recognize the tremendous opportunity there is for customers to save energy and reduce peak demand. They’re more confident the more they pay for the system many times over. 


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