Solution BRIEF Intel®Atom™ Processor Energy Industry

Making Energy Personal Intel® Technologies Connect Consumers and Utilities for Energy Management Figure 1. Home Energy Dashboard Based on Intel® Architecture The Power Grid. Empowered. The power grid is becoming smarter and better equipped to keep up with user demand and reduce costs for utilities. While smart grid infrastructure is being updated to be more connect...ed and efficient, it is essential that end users monitor and manage their own consumption in order to level demand and reduce overall usage. The home energy dashboard based upon Intel® architecture involves consumers in energy management and enables utilities to roll out time of use pricing, demand response and other energy saving programs. At the same time, it allows consumers to maintain comfort and satisfaction. Raising Energy Consumption Awareness With the smart grid gaining momentum, utility operators are trying to encourage residential customers to take more control over managing their energy costs. Customers can shift usage from on-peak to off-peak time periods and benefit from alternative pricing options, assuming they have information that allows them to correlate their consumption patterns with more complex rate structures. But when customers don’t understand how new pricing programs work, the ramifications can be significant. For example, the initial rollout of smart meters has raised apprehension from a number of consumer advocacy groups concerned about issues of confusion, privacy and even safety. This is not necessarily because meters themselves are bad technologies, but because consumers need complementary technologies to bridge the gap in understanding created by the meter rollout. It’s clear – energy customers require solutions that enable them to understand the impact of new pricing programs in order to make better decisions and successfully implement demand pricing. Enter the home energy dashboard, shown in Figure 1. It is designed to meet the needs of both consumers and utilities in managing energy usage and leveraging smart grid investments. For consumers, the dashboard: • Provides ease of use, with interfaces similar to other popular consumer devices • Raises awareness of energy consumption, pricing and budgeting • Facilitates decision-making aimed at reducing or reallocating energy consumption while maintaining comfort • Delivers feedback that reinforces participation and progress on energy reduction For utilities, the dashboard: • Reduces peak energy consumption and assists customers with time-of- use pricing • Enables demand response notification, measurement and verification • Provides opportunities for a direct connection to consumers to roll out future programs Giving Customers More Control Today, most customers don’t have a device or portal communicating their energy consumption; and when they do, it’s a device providing simple aggregated data for the entire home. While better than nothing, solutions that merely read out energy consumption are ill-equipped to drive changes in consumer behavior. Utilities looking to roll out time-of-usage or other services to reduce peak consumption and lower costs need to enable consumers to understand their energy usage and adapt their behaviors to control demand. Opening a new line of communication with customers, the home energy dashboard is both highly interactive and offers useful information. Read the full Solution BRIEF Intel®Atom™ Processor Energy Industry.

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