CenterPoint EnergyElectric Transmission and Distribution
Consumer Benefits

The Intelligent Grid will give consumers more power to choose and more control over their environment. Potential benefits for the consumer include:

  1. Programming. Consumers can remotely control the settings of a thermostat, for instance, to respond to market price signals.
  2. Analysis. Consumers can quickly analyze electric usage data online.
  3. Match usage to budget. Competitive Retailers can offer more competitive services based on consumer usage patterns and budgets. For example, a consumer on a limited budget can make choices based on their own usage patterns.
  4. Smart home. The Intelligent Grid will allow users to control smart appliances remotely.

In addition, the Intelligent Grid makes it possible for consumers to have more reliable and environment-friendly service:

  • Quicker turnaround in connecting and disconnecting electric service
  • Faster restoration of electric service after an outage Lower occurrence of sustained outages
  • Fewer utility employee yard-visits to read meters
  • More consumer choices and control in the competitive electric environment
  • Energy management and conservation
  • Consumer-directed programming for usage
  • Near real-time usage data
  • In the near future, “smart home” capabilities with such energy- and time-saving advances as
  • Smart thermostat
  • Smart appliances
  • Smart water heater