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As part of a new research study, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) says it plans to test technology that can measure in-home electricity consumption down to the individual circuit and appliance level. The research will be supported by the Pecan Street Research Institute, a consumer energy research organization headquartered at the University of Texas at Austin.

Approximately 30-50 SDG&E customers living in the Civita master-planned development in Mission Valley will be selected to participate in the study. Civita, a Sudberry Properties development, is an SDG&E "Smart Community" project where smart grid technology is being integrated - including solar panels, electric vehicle charging stations, fuel cell generation, battery storage and enhanced energy management tools for residents.

"This research will take smart grid technology to a new level by providing among the most detailed energy usage data to customers through technology that is not even on the market yet," says John Sowers, SDG&E vice president for generation and resource planning. "Through the research study, SDG&E will learn how this in-depth data can help customers to make smarter energy decisions and save money."

By understanding how customers use electricity at the circuit level, SDG&E says it hopes to identify ways to help tailor future utility programs related to home area networks, energy efficiency and demand response.

Pecan Street will provide volunteer participants with a free website and mobile application that provides real-time information on the customer's electricity use down to the appliance and circuit level, as well as information on appliance, rooftop solar panel and home energy performance. The service is powered by an "energy data router" installed at the customer's circuit panel.

SDG&E says the research will launch in August and last for several months.




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