Welcome to the PowerCentsDC Smart Meter Pilot Program
Video: The Trailer PowerCentsDC Highlights Participants and organizers describe the pilot (TRT: 2:56)
Video: Case Study Case study of the PowerCentsDC Pilot An in-depth look at how the pilot came about, how the organizers worked together, and what everyone learned about the experience (TRT: 10:40)
Video: CONSUMERS SPEAK: PowerCentsDC: A Conversation Becoming energy literate is an ongoing conversation. Here's what local residents thought about the pilot and price signals in general. (TRT: 5:54)
Video: ENERGY LITERACY: PowerCentsDC participants and board members discuss how the program provides best practices in working toward the goal of energy literacy. (TRT: 5:57)
Final Report, September 2010
Press Conference Slides, September 2010
Briefing to White House Officials, July 1, 2010 (Presentation)
PowerCentsDC was an advanced or "smart" meter pilot program for approximately 800 to 900 residential customers. The program began in mid-July 2008, and ended in October 2009. It was sponsored by Smart Meter Pilot Program, Inc., a non-profit organization comprised of the Consumer Utility Board, the District of Columbia Office of the People's Counsel, the District of Columbia Public Service Commission, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and Pepco.
PowerCentsDC ended in October 2009 after operating for two summers and one winter. We gathered sufficient information regarding customer response to residential smart pricing to serve as a guide to future program design. SMPPI has documented the results in the final report and has shared our findings with District and national policymakers who are exploring long-term policy options involving smart metering.
SAFETY ADVISORY – SMART THERMOSTATS
All PowerCentsDC participants with a smart thermostat, as a safety precaution, should please remove and dispose of the batteries from their PowerCentsDC thermostat immediately. The manufacturer has informed us that if the batteries leak, the leakage can damage the printed circuit board in the thermostat, possibly causing the unit to overheat and become a potential fire hazard. Click here for a short video showing how to remove the batteries (the video is for a related Pepco program that uses the same thermostat).
Thermostat Fire Hazard FAQs