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April 21, 2010

AMS Low-Income Programs Market Meeting. April 21, 2010. Why Are We Here?. The Commission included funds in the AMS Surcharges of AEP Texas, CenterPoint Energy, and Oncor to cover the costs of: providing in-home monitors to low-income customers, the associated administrative costs, and

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April 21, 2010

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  1. AMS Low-Income Programs Market Meeting April 21, 2010

  2. Why Are We Here? • The Commission included funds in the AMS Surcharges of AEP Texas, CenterPoint Energy, and Oncor to cover the costs of: • providing in-home monitors to low-income customers, • the associated administrative costs, and • the costs of distribution, training, and customer education related to the in-home monitors. • The Commission has required the TDUs to work together to select an in-home device. Specifically, the Commission ordered in the AEP Texas AMS case that: • A project will be established and a series of workshops will be held if needed, to reach a consensus to design and implement the low-income program. • Under Staff leadership, the group will use its best efforts to finalize the plan within two years after the filing of the Order in AEP Texas AMS case (which was 12/17/09). • The goal of the program is to maximize the comprehensive, cost-effective distribution of the in-home devices, including training and education, to the greatest number of eligible low-income customers. • PUCT Project No. 36234 was established to meet the Commission’s requirements.

  3. Low-Income Customer • A “low-income customer” is an electric customer • whose household income is not more than 125% of the federal poverty guidelines, or • who receives food stamps from the Texas Department of Human Services (TDHS) or medical assistance from a state agency administering a part of the medical assistance program. * * PUCT Substantive Rule §25.5(65).

  4. Proposed Timeline • Pilot program: August 1, 2010 thru July 31, 2011 • Issue RFP May 3 • RFP Responses May 28 • Select Vendor(s) June 21 • Award Contract(s) July 15 • Devices Available August 1

  5. Device Requirements . . . • Minimum Technical Requirements • ZigBee Smart Energy Profile version 1.0 • Certicom EEC production certification • Pre-installed MAC address and install code • Capable of provisioning over the Smart Meter Texas portal • Completed interoperability testing with Itron and Landis + Gyr meters • Must meet all state and federal regulations for product safety Note: Devices that do not meet these minimum requirements will not be considered

  6. . . . Device Requirements . . . • Functional Requirements • User-friendly interface • Straightforward process for provisioning • Affirmative action/response for de-provisioning • Easy for user to operate and maintain • Display current meter register reading • Display current kW demand reading • Allows user to program a price per kWh either directly to the device or through the Smart Meter Texas web portal • Calculate and display current kWh usage and costs • Allow user to set accumulation windows for capturing usage and costs

  7. . . . Device Requirements • Additional Desired Technical Requirements • Upgradeable to future versions of SEP • USB port for upgrades • Minimum 100mW, 2.4 GHz radio power • Must support simple metering cluster functionality • 12-Month Warranty • Options for extended warranty periods • Manufacturer provided technical support (U.S based call center) • 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Central Prevailing Time, 7 days per week

  8. Potential Vendors • LS Research • Energate • Comverge • Tendril • Landis + Gyr • Honeywell • Computime • Cooper Power Systems • Aztech • Rain Forest • EcoBee • Millennium • Control4 • OpenPeak • EnergyAware

  9. Proposed Distribution Program . . . • Joint TDSPs select vendor(s) and negotiate device price based on vendor-stocked inventory in multiple locations • TDSPs announce Standard Offer Program open to all REPs and Energy Efficiency Service Providers (“EESPs”) • TDSPs individually contract with multiple REPs and EESPs to maximize deployment across service territories • Contract specifies duties of participating REPs and EESPs • Determine eligibility of low-income customers • Engage low-income customer as part of normal energy efficiency outreach efforts • Purchase device from vendor-stocked inventory at TDSP negotiated price • Install device in low-income customer’s residence and provision the device to the AMS meter using the Smart Meter Texas web portal • Provide low-income customer training/education on operation of device • Provide ongoing support to low-income customer

  10. . . . Proposed Distribution Program • REP/EESP sends invoice to respective TDSP monthly for the number of devices installed in its service territory • Include low-income customer’s ESIID, service address, name, and low-income eligibility certification forms • TDSP performs random-selected site inspections • TDSP pays REP/EESP an amount equal to the negotiated price of the device plus an incentive for each qualified install • TDSP provides limited on-going technical support for 12 months following the installation of the device

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