Metering, AMR & Data Management

  • The impact of smart home devices  

    Feb 11, 2016 | Guest Writer

    In Q2 2015, 16 percent of all U.S. broadband households owned one or more smart home devices. Many of these smart devices offer energy management capabilities including demand response. Today, utilities are evaluating the benefits of integrating smart devices into utility programs.

  • "Today's vote by the Senate addresses the growing market for the sale of renewable energy generated by private citizens or business by increasing the amount of surplus energy they are able to sell to utility companies at retail prices,"
  • Solar Alliance Energy, Inc. is pleased to announce the California Public Utilities Commission approved a net metering regime, often referred to as NEM 2.0, that will preserve retail payments for residential rooftop solar.
  • The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Tuesday chaired the second monthly meeting of operators in the power sector in Lagos with the electricity distribution companies, promising more aggressive commitment to metering.
  • Feb 10, 2016 | Areg Bagdasarian

    While you’d be challenged to find a more overused buzzword in technology, analytics are a utility’s best friend in today’s world of energy conservation and fast-shifting customer preferences.

  • Upgrading a software system is usually time consuming and complicated, especially when it touches practically everything an organization does.
  • Technical partners from China, Pakistan and India have arrived Akwa Ibom State to conclude arrangements for the take-off of a meter manufacturing company, Metering Solutions Manufacturing Services Limited
  • A persistent critic of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District's smart meter program has filed suit against the utility, seeking to recoup charges he paid for switching from a smart electric meter to an analog meter.
  • The state-run power distribution companies are waiting for the MP Electricity Regulatory Commission approval to provide pre-paid electricity meters to domestic connection holders in the state.
  • Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana-North has launched an 18-month plan to install automated meter reading, or AMR, devices in Hamilton, Hancock and Marion counties.
  • The Benin Electricity Distribution Company has unveiled plans to spend about N2.7 billion on smart meters in order to meet the metering requirements of its network.
  • In an effort to provide federal protections for rooftop solar customers, Sens. Harry Reid and Angus King introduced language that would regulate how utilities could change rates for customers who receive credits for generating excess electricity under a program known as net metering.
  • Xcel Energy plans a multifaceted change to operations that could soon significantly affect customers, offering smart-grid technology and personal choice on types of energy customers consume.
  • Feb 01, 2016 | Guest Writer

    Predictive analytics software with machine learning capabilities is providing utilities with early warning notification that a piece of equipment is experiencing problems or heading towards failure, days, weeks or months ahead of operational alarms.

  • Jan 28, 2016 | Guest Writer

    Utilities willing to invest internally and externally in data science will see the benefits. A basically trained data scientist, using open-source tools with the utilities’ readily accessible data can create ROI on a massive scale.

  • Jan 21, 2016 | Guest Writer

    Just as my coworker is able to smoke meat from his “man cave” without burning down the house, utilities have technology available at their disposal today to help them keep an eye on the power grid without burning up gas on unnecessary truck rolls.

  • Here’s a hint: analytics involved

    Jan 18, 2016 | Zach Pollock

    As deployment of smart grid infrastructure reaches an inflection point, utility executives are faced with the difficult task of determining how to best make use of the data generated by intelligent devices to drive business benefits.

  • Dec 30, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    I touch every story that goes through these channels. Either I write it, find it, edit it, source it, chase it or simply am happily surprised when someone offers it. But every single word is something I’ve read first. Every single word.  I’m the gatekeeper and proud of it. So, knowing that I’ve been involved with every single bit of editorial, I thought I’d share with you my personal favorite stories of this very busy year as we wind it down.

  • An interview with Matthew Ketschke, VP of distributed resource integration

    Dec 24, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We chat with Matthew Ketschke, VP of distributed resource integration for Con Edison, about the dying utility biz model, IoT, DR, a data deluge and what the utility has learned navigating all these things in the last few years.

  • Dec 23, 2015 | Reji Kumar Pillai
    Although the Smart Metering or Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) is being rolled out by electric utilities worldwide, the last mile connectivity continues to haunt the efficiency as well as the rollout programs in many countries.