Smart Meters Will Help Smooth Peak Demand
When we’re all using a lot of electricity at the same time we create a "peak demand" period. And supplying electricity at those peak times has a range of impacts:
- They add to our electricity costs because higher demand often means higher market prices.
- They’re hard on the environment because more of the less attractive forms of generation must be run to meet them.
- They add to the amount Ontario needs to invest in the system because meeting the peaks requires even more new generation, and more transmission and distribution infrastructure.
So, working together to reduce our use at peak times makes good sense.