As water utilities increasingly deal with the effects of climate change and overuse of water, they need better information and tools to improve system resiliency, resource availability, leak detection, and customer engagement around water conservation. Getting better, near real-time data from water meters is a critical first step to support all these goals.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory will test the ability of real-time meter data to coordinate rapid energy restoration in remote communities in a $3 million partnership with Copper Labs, a Boulder, Colorado-based manufacturer of real-time meter data collection technology.
Copper Labs, in partnership with the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is participating in a $3 million grant from the DOE for their combined work on the Solar-Assisted, Stakeholder-Engaged, Autonomous Restoration with Data Orchestration Program (Solar-HERO).
Copper Labs just launched a neighborhood-level detector that wirelessly unlocks data from utility meters at scale, without the need for retrofits. Consumers will be able to access that data in near real time so they can tailor their electricity use as they charge their EVs and increasingly electrify their homes in order to save money.
After first announcing a partnership last year, National Grid and Copper Labs said they had demonstrated how targeted messaging can help customers reduce energy consumption during extreme weather events such as the bomb cyclone that tore through the East Coast in January.
Holy Cross Energy is focusing on acquiring renewable energy resources and facilitating the adoption of Distributed Energy Resources. The grid insight we wanted to see was near-real-time energy data from electric meters and grid-edge voltage data. But we needed faster data than AMI meter infrastructure could deliver.
Utility companies have a problem: Their “smart grids” were created to solve billing problems from a decade ago, not the needs and expectations from 2022 consumers with electric cars, solar panels and an obsession with real-time data. Copper Labs just raised $5.5 million to help them solve that problem, with an elegant little hardware device that serves as a bridge between the low-resolution smart meters and the consumer’s internet connection.
Through SmartThings Energy, located within the SmartThings app, consumers can monitor and manage energy of connected appliances in real-time. The integration with Copper Labs’ technology contextualizes energy consumption data as it relates to the whole home and allows homeowners the ability to set automations based on time-of-use rates or demand response events by participating utilities.