A new white paper concludes that the benefits to customers and utilities for investing in smart meters’ advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and associated energy management technologies will outweigh the costs. The Costs and Benefits of Smart Meters for Residential Customers, which was prepared by the Institute for Electric Efficiency (IEE), the Brattle Group, and To the Point, identifies three benefit categories: operational, customer, and societal.
Avista will use Tropos Networks and Itron’s jointly developed Smart Grid solution as part of the $38 million Smart Grid Demonstration Project in the city of Pullman, Washington, and the nearby community of Albion. The project, according to Avista, is designed to “increase system reliability and reduce outage time, incorporate renewable energy sources, and provide customers with more tools and information to monitor their energy usage.” To fulfill those goals, Avista is deploying an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), smart grid communications, and distribution automation (DA) devices.
It’s been a busy week for the IPSO Alliance, which made several announcements. In the first, the organization welcomed four new members: energy management company GreenWave Reality; Corporative Intelligence Laboratory S.L. of Spain; ElectroTest Sweden AB; and smart meter provider Sensus have all joined as Contributor members.
Cleveland’s Division of Water has selected Elster AMCO Water C700 meters to be included in its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project, which will begin deploying the meters in Q3 with a projected completion date in 2013. The city plans to install 100,000 C700 meters and utilize retrofit kits for 51,000 existing Elster meters in its service area.
Meter Data Management Market to Grow Nearly Tenfold to $490 Million by 2018 According to Pike Research
Meter data management (MDM) systems, which serve as the central point of data collection for utility metering deployments, are a key component of smart grid initiatives. These systems validate and edit the data received, then aggregate, normalise, and make the data available to other IT applications via well defined interfaces. For instance, MDM systems often interface to applications such as billing, fraud prevention, or outage management. Whereas a single smart meter deployment may include several advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems with different network topologies, utilities nearly always have only one MDM system, since it is a central collection point for the smart meter data.
During a White House Grid Modernization event, United States Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that more than five million smart meters have been installed nationwide as part of Recovery Act-funded efforts to accelerate modernization of the nation’s electric grid. Nearly 90 percent of the meters installed to date are in Florida, Texas, California, Idaho, Arizona, Oklahoma, Michigan, and Nevada.
The NGN Forum has announced that the working groups comprising the Smart Grid Forum will cover smart grid topics including security, infrastructure and network management, green energy, applications development, business intelligence, and Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI).
Semitech Semiconductor’s SM6401 power line communications (PLC) System on Chip (SoC) is being used by GK Smart Energy Solutions for its Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) deployment in Europe.
David Schneider, financial accounting manager for Midstate Electric Cooperative, will discuss the utility’s implementation of a prepaid payment program at the upcoming CS Week Conference. Schneider’s presentation, “Increasing Customer Satisfaction with Prepayment Options and Flexibility,” will focus on the benefits to both the utility and customers of prepaid accounts, which offer consumers a pay-as-you-go option rather than a traditional monthly bill, provide.
The City of Dayton, Tenn. has selected Elster’s EnergyAxis Smart Grid solution to power its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project. Elster, through WESCO Distribution, will supply 8,000 residential and 2,000 commercial Elster REX and A3 Alpha Smart Meters.