Smart Meters – Setting the Stage for our Energy Future
Nova Scotia’s energy future holds exciting possibilities – more wind and solar generation, world-leading tidal energy, battery storage, electric vehicles, and even more opportunities for customer choice and control.
Globally, the electrical grids that have served us over the past century are evolving through new technology into “smart grids.” Smart grids offer a future in which individual pieces of the electrical system – including “smart devices” in customers’ homes and businesses – can communicate with one another, so that the entire electrical system works together to use energy more efficiently. This means lower overall costs for customers and a cleaner environment.
The first step to modernizing Nova Scotia’s electricity grid is upgrading customers current electrical meters to smart meters – work that will begin in the fall of 2019 and continue through to early 2021.
When smart meter technology is turned on in 2021, customers will begin enjoying the following benefits:
- Access to daily information on your energy consumption, enabling you to make more informed decisions on how you use electricity. You’ll also have the option to set billing notifications to help manage your electricity costs.
- Smart meters will notify us when your power goes out. We will be able to troubleshoot remotely, and, if needed, send a crew to help get the power back on. This will enable a quicker response in the event of an outage.
- Smart meters will enable remote connection or disconnection of electricity without an on-site appointment, making it quicker and easier for you.