PORTLAND, Maine – The Gulf of Maine Research Institute received national recognition for its newest education program yesterday at the 2015 Smart Grid Customer Education Symposium in Chicago. Presented to Central Maine Power Company (CMP) and GMRI jointly, the 2015 Smart Grid Customer Education award recognizes the organizations’ exemplary work connecting students to their home electricity data through GMRI’s PowerHouse program.
PowerHouse augments existing smart meter technology to provide students with personally-relevant electricity data. Access to the data helps students understand home energy usage while enriching their math and science learning.
“We’re proud of PowerHouse because it helps students understand how personal behavior is connected to regional and global systems, and immerses them in data visualization and analysis along the way,” said Leigh Peake, GMRI’s Chief Education Officer. “It’s the perfect combination for learning: mathematics and science in a personal context.”
Central Maine Power, an Iberdrola USA subsidiary, is a long-time corporate partner of GMRI. Their investment in SmartGrid infrastructure and support of PowerHouse make it possible for GMRI to provide this personal learning experience to anybody with a smart meter.
“We are proud to partner with GMRI, and are happy to see the deployment of smart meters and other new technology is already driving development of some true innovation,” said Jayme Holland of CMP. “As these students, their families, and customers gain better understanding of their energy use, they can weigh the costs and benefits of energy improvements they might be considering.”
Learn more and investigate your own energy data at powerhouse.gmri.org.