Learning the New System

The city is continuing to install smart meters across Naperville. City staff and smart grid ambassadors recently hosted another open house at Meadow Glens Elementary School. It was a chance for residents to learn why the city is modernizing the electric grid.

“These open hosues are here for us to help talk to the community about what is being deployed, what it’s going to do for Naperville, and how it’s going to save us money and electricity,” said James Camastro, a Naperville Smart Grid Initiative Ambassador.

A main part of the smart grid is a system of digital electric meters, which offers either a flat–rate method of payment or a time-of-use method. The latter gives customers a chance to run their appliances during off-peak hours which could potentially save them as much as $35 a month.

Not everyone in the city is happy with the new meters. At the open house the Naperville Smart Meter Awareness group spoke with residents about why they’re against the project.

“People have a right to determine what they want to do inside of their homes, whether they want this technology to be used or not,” said Tom Glass, Board Member of Naperville Smart Meter Awareness.

The next open house will be on February 15th, 2012, at Ellsworth Elementary School.


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