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Smart Meters Improve Power Response Time

While city officials don’t oversee the local power grid, the energy conservation coordinator for the city of Philadelphia has started creating contingency plans for what every city office must do in the case of a power outage. In addition, the Office of Emergency Management established a local energy access plan to coordinate widespread emergency response. An important step in this process was in 2008: PECO, the city’s energy provider, installed smart meters in every residence and business to tell residents how much power they’re using and also help the city see where power outages are across the city.

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