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Edison installs 1 millionth smart meter

July 12, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Southern California Edison announced Monday the installation of its one millionth smart meter at the home of a customer in Redondo Beach. The digital, secure, two-way communicating devices replace traditional mechanical meters and provide a key step in transforming the electric system to a smart grid, SCE officials said.

Smart meters measure a customer's electricity usage up-to-the minute and, later this year, customers will be able to view their energy usage online to track how much they use and how much it costs.

By the end of the year, it will introduce new programs and services aimed at helping customers to make better-informed decisions about their energy use.

In the near future, when advanced features are fully activated, the smart meters will be able to communicate with the next generation of smart thermostats, appliances and other devices, SCE announced.

Customers can find more information at www.sce.com/smartconnect.