ComEd, GE, and Silver Springs Networks team up
Commonwealth Edison, General Electric, and Silver Springs Networks are working together to construct a pilot smart meter than monitors energy use.
Chicago-based Commonwealth Edison Co . (ComEd) has teamed up with General Electric (GE) and Silver Spring Networks to work on the development of a pilot smart meter. The meter's main goal will be to monitor energy use inside buildings and inform users when peak energy use takes place.
Currently under review by the Illinois Commerce Commission, the pilot meter project involves 141,000 smart meters manufactured by GE. It is also equipped with Silver Spring's communications technology, helping the meter detect power outages while at the same time help utilities avoid manual readings.
ComEd said it hopes the project will eventually lead to a smart grid infrastructure, with the meter being used as a guide for which services to include. The company has around 3.8 million customers in the Chicagoland area.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey