System and method for manipulating controlled energy using devices to manage customer bills

  • US 8,145,361 B2
  • Filed: 02/09/2010
  • Issued: 03/27/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 08/28/2007
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for controlling a power-consuming device at a service point to manage a customer'"'"'s electrical bills using a communications network between a server in communication with an electric utility and a client device at the service point, comprising the steps of:

  • transmitting a plurality of customer bill management settings to the server from the client device at the service point including at least a target energy usage for a specified billing period;

    storing the plurality of customer bill management settings in a database for use in energy usage control events;

    determining a current meter reading by the client device at the service point;

    scheduling an energy usage control event for the power-consuming device at the service point based on the current meter reading and the target energy usage;

    sending the energy usage control event to the power-consuming device at a scheduled time to control an energy usage at the service point;

    determining the energy usage at the service point during a specified time interval;

    comparing a projected energy usage, based on the energy usage during the specified time interval, with the target energy usage for the specified billing period; and

    determining if the projected energy usage exceeds the target energy usage during the billing period.

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