Sacramento deploys wireless energy meters

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District will replace energy meters in 600,000 homes and businesses in Sacramento County over the next 2 years with wireless “smart” meters to enable it to monitor in real time the amount of energy use in the county and to meet California’s strict clean energy requirements. The wireless meters will also give residents the ability to control their own energy consumption. The utility has hired Silver Spring, which raised $90 million this year from Kleiner Perkins and other investors, to deploy the network. Wireless automated meter reading is one of the hottest applications in the wireless industry. Adoption of wireless AMR has been given an additional push by states mandating stricter energy standards and by the federal governments’ stimulus package.