Smart meter used by EVB Energie AG. Besides Automatic meter reading features, it uses two way communication for smart meter ability to reduce load, and connect/ reconnect remotely, and interface to gas & water meters. First operational field tests in August 2006. This is according to promo information from manufacturer, and is dated 2008-02, mentioning field test only in the hundreds, so it is not clear how widely this meter is being used. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
UPDATE: June 28, 2013
We heard from PSE&G yesterday, June 27. According to Karen Johnson, a spokesperson for the company, PSE&G has no plans to installl smart meters.
She writes, "So sorry Bill but for some reason I missed these earlier emails, otherwise I would have responded. Thanks for following up. We have no plans to install smart meters. Again, my apologies."
~ Karen Johnson, spokesperson for PSE&G
by Bill Cleary
ARE SMART METERS GOOD? OR BAD?--Gloucester City Mayor and Council, at a June 3 meeting, approved a resolution supporting PSE&G’s $3.9 billion Energy Strong program. That 10-year infrastructure plan calls for enhancing the company’s electrical and gas system, including but not limited to: fortifying electrical stations, replacing and modernizing cast iron gas mains, deploying smart grid technologies, improving pole distribution systems, creating more redundancies, underground of electricity lines, and protecting gas metering stations.