The Wireless Foundation Releases Report Highlighting How Wireless Technology Boosts Electric Power Industry's Efficiency and Sustainability

by Wireless Foundation | Nov 20, 2014

November 20, 2014 – The Wireless Foundation released a report today highlighting how the electric power industry, as well as its residential and commercial customers, are using wireless to be more environmentally sustainable and reduce waste. Produced by BSR, Advancing Environmental Sustainability in the Power Sector: The Role of Wireless Technologiesis the second report from The Wireless Foundation on how wireless enhances sustainability in other industries, the first focused on the transportation sector . 

Featuring case studies on how electric power usage is reduced and better managed via wireless, especially during peak usage times (e.g., inclement weather, prime time, etc.). The report also details how electric power companies and their customers can do more for the environment by deploying available, proven mobile technologies.

Key findings include:

  • Nearly six percent of electricity in the U.S., equal to a year of energy from 270 fully-operational powers plants, is wasted due to inefficiencies in the distribution system. Such inefficiencies could be avoided by using wireless to remotely monitor and manage these systems.
  • Commercial buildings and industrial facilities represent 45 percent of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. By employing renewable energy backed by information and communications technology, commercial buildings would eliminate 87 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Emissions from homes and residences account for 16 percent of the U.S.’s total greenhouse gases, but studies suggest that most U.S. homeowners could reduce their energy use by 16 to 20 percent with home control tools without any impact to their lifestyle.

“From helping consumers manage their personal and home electricity to helping utilities identify inefficiencies and manage grids, wireless technology plays an integral role in reducing our usage. By being able to remote monitor these systems, whether it is our own homes or an entire city grid, mobile provides the information and flexibly users want, which ultimately reduces their bills, usage and environmental impact,” said Athena Polydorou, Executive Director of The Wireless Foundation. “This is yet another example of how our ‘connected lives' will continue to be mobile, demonstrating our industry’s need for more access to spectrum to meet these demands."

The report was presented at “Powering the 21st Century,” a conference produced by National Journal and sponsored by The Wireless Foundation, which featured remarks from Representatives Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and Jerry McNerney (D-CA) as well as other though leaders from the energy industry. 

To download the report, please visit


The Wireless Foundation ( leverages mobile technology via innovative programs that empower individuals and enhance American communities. The Foundation focuses on health, education, safety and green initiatives, which demonstrate the transformative powers and unique capabilities of wireless technology. The Wireless Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was formed by CTIA-The Wireless Association member companies in 1991.

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