Do smart meters cut CO2 emissions? Ask Chicago’s ComEd

Photo: U.S. Department of Energy

Photo: U.S. Department of Energy

By Peter Behr, E&E reporter, EnergyWire

Chicago’s Commonwealth Edison has agreed to test whether customers with smart electric meters use less power and cause less damage to the environment than consumers with conventional meters.

“The ability to calculate the environmental benefits of clean energy investments, like smart meters, is critical to accelerating the new energy economy,” said the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), which negotiated the agreement with ComEd, along with the Illinois Citizens Utility Board.

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