Soon your utility will help select your next car

Posted: September 10, 2018 by oldbrew in Energy, innovation, Travel

That’s the plan anyway, as utilities want to recommend electric cars to their customers so as to sell more electricity and make more money. But there’s much more to it than that. Enter the ‘trusted energy advisor’.

For a long time utilities have been seeking better ways to engage with their customers, says PEI.

Jeff Hamel, director of energy and housing partnerships at Google, says that the Nest smart thermostat – which is part of the hardware product line that Google provides – is a good example of a simple way that utilities are partnering with their customers.

Google’s program is called Rush-hour Rewards, and it allows customers to agree to let their utility adjust their thermostat during times of peak energy demand. In exchange for allowing their utility to adjust their thermostat, customers get monetary rewards.

Online marketplaces are another example of how utilities are looking to help customers make good decisions about their energy use, says Hamel.

“There is a phrase where utilities want to become the ‘trusted energy advisor’ for their customers,” he adds, explaining that, for example, Eversource customers in New England in the US would look to their utility “for anything that they may be needing — from a smart thermostat to a new air conditioning unit all the way to bigger electric appliances like an electric vehicle”.

“One of the tools they are using to help manifest that is through these utility branded marketplaces,” says Hamel.

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  1. TinyCO2 says:

    To which I’d say ‘how’s it going signing people up for a smart meter?’ The idea that the majority want to or will turn to their energy supplier for any advice is laughable.

  2. oldbrew says:

    ‘how’s it going signing people up for a smart meter?’

    They forgot to offer any bribes financial incentives 😉

  3. ivan says:

    Get the cost down to 2 cents a kWh for the customer then come back and we’ll talk.

    Despite that there is NO WAY that I will have the so called ‘smart’ devices that connect to the internet in my house.

  4. Bitter@twisted says:

    Sign me up😁

  5. p.g.sharrow says:

    I refused to install a smart meter for several years so the electric company installed it anyway.
    “State Mandate” they said
    This week the Electric Council, an electric company shill, started advertising how wonderful electric cars are. Advertising is a cost of business that the electric company can add to their costs and my bill. Cost plus! ROA that they are guaranteed and they are requesting an increase from 32 cents to 50 cents per Kwh delivered.

    Follow the Green Agenda and the cost of electrical power will necessarily increase.
    Increase, hell ! SKY ROCKET ! As dependability tanks.
    Progressive Socialists are not able to build, so they destroy what they can’t understand…pg

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