A Smarter Grid
Smart grid: Connecting consumers to the control room.
Smart meters track and capture electricity consumption on an hourly basis. Many Ontarians can now go online to access and view the consumption data collected from their smart meters. This helps them to better understand their energy usage as well as learn new ways to use it more efficiently.
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Here's the path data
takes from your smart
meter to your electricity
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On an hourly basis, the amount of electricity you use is recorded by the smart meter on your home.
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Each day, your hourly electricity consumption data along with a register reading is sent wirelessly, or via telephone or power lines to the Local Distribution Company’s (LDC) data collector.
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Meter Data Collection
These collectors relay the electricity meter read data information to your LDC’s system which ensures that all the smart meters have been read and all the necessary information has been captured.
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Data Management & Repository
Your LDC then transmits this information to the MDM/R which computes electricity usage during the Time-of-Use periods. Only the LDC or their authorized parties have access to the highly secure MDM/R database.
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Customer Information & Billing
At billing time, billing determinant information from the MDM/R is sent to the LDC and/or their billing agent so it can be used to prepare your electricity invoice.
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Home Energy Management
Most homeowners can access this energy usage information through a secure LDC web site. New apps and services are also emerging allowing you to monitor (and control) your energy usage.
Energy Transformation Network of Ontario
The Energy Transformation Network of Ontario (formerly, Ontario Smart Grid Forum) includes member organizations from Ontario's utility sector, industry associations, public agencies and universities working together to guide the development of the smart grid in Ontario. Read a series of reports on the grid's evolution in the province.