JEA Teams with Google
JEA has become one of the first utilities worldwide to team up with Google in an attempt to bring customers next-day information on how much electricity their homes use.
The purpose of the new pilot program is to put energy consumption information at JEA customers' fingertips. The Google PowerMeter tool, known as a Google gadget, shows hour-by-hour home electricity consumption, the very next day on a customer’s home computer.
”Studies have shown that the more individuals understand about how their behavior affects their energy and water consumption, the more empowered they are to make changes that will not only benefit their pocketbook, but that will benefit the community and the environment as well,” said Jim Dickenson, CEO and managing director of JEA.
After testing this pilot program with its employees and a very small number of customers, JEA hopes to be able to offer this service to more customers next year, depending upon the results of the pilot.
Customers can't enroll in the Google PowerMeter Program at this time.
“Our utility partners are leading the charge to make the electricity grid smarter and we look forward to working with them and others,” said Google yesterday on their blog.
Currently, JEA offers its customers information on energy conservation through free online energy audits, energy audit DVDs and in-home audits. The utility also offers free community seminars about using electricity and water more wisely.