David Elve, president of the SMMAA, notes, “Because the smart meter is such a foundational component of the evolving intelligent grid, we see the need to better inform industry stakeholders — from regulators and legislators to media and consumers — about smart meters and smart grid benefits. Our group is collaborating on top-of-mind subjects and creating a unified voice with the goal of moving the industry forward through policy. While our companies are competitors for utilities’ smart meter business, in the area of public policy, we stand on common ground in our desire for well-reasoned smart-grid regulation and incentives to advance the market.”
Meters from the SMMAA’s founding companies represent nearly 100 percent of the installed base of electric meters currently deployed in the United States and Canada. Approximately 35 million of those meters are considered “smart,” meaning they provide two-way data communication between meter and utility, and measure electricity usage data on a much more frequent, near-real-time basis
The association will promote thought leadership and improve awareness in relation to smart meter standards, implementation, legislation, manufacturing and other relevant subjects.
Elve says the SMMAA commends the release of the administration’s Smart Grid Policy Framework. “The Administration’s actions today enable investment and innovation in smart grid technologies, while empowering consumers with access to their energy usage information. We view this as a positive step forward in modernizing the nation’s energy infrastructure.”
SMMAA is a consensus-based advocacy group consisting of smart meter manufacturers, formed to educate legislators, regulators, media and other stakeholders about the benefits of smart meters and to advocate for federal and state policies that support their deployment within an overall utility smart grid program.