Metering, AMR & Data Management

  • Oct 13, 2015 | Guest Writer

    There are multiple definitions of what constitutes a smart grid, but the common denominator is that they all rely on data.

  • To boost electricity supply and give consumers easy access to meters, the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company has concluded arrangement to commence the second phase of its advanced meter installation project.
  • Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative is replacing more than 2,000 newly installed electric meters at the homes of customers due to a manufacturing defect.
  • Oct 12, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    For our fall print issue, we polled a number of utilities and asked them the question in this title. Here are some of their responses.

  • Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer has a new book on an upcoming energy revolution he says will free consumers from power companies, oil wars and earn them some money.
  • Claremore City Manager Jim Thomas announced Monday that representatives of General Electric, Grand River Dam Authority (GRDA) and the city's part-time electric ombudsman would attend an Oct. 12 town hall meeting regarding smart meters and electric billing.
  • Oct 07, 2015 | Guest Writer

    Dr. Matthew Croucher, director of demand side analytics, is a great example of San Antonio brain gain for CPS Energy. His team will use the immense amount of data collected by the utility's smart meters to anticipate needs and trends.

  • Another electricity distribution company, Ikeja Distribution Company, has come under the regulatory hammer of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission for flagrant abuse of processes in its makeshift electricity metering plan, the Credited Advance Payment on Metering Initiative.
  • As part of the efforts to eliminate estimated billing and plug all the revenue linkages, Ikeja Electric has commenced the deployment of 10,000 Smart Meters monthly, with a target to hit a monthly average of 15,000 by December.
  • The Mississippi Public Service Commission will hold a hearing on its net metering proposal Tuesday in Jackson and it also might discuss a motion that calls for one commissioner to bow out of the Mississippi Power rate case.
  • Release your inner analytics geek at UA Week

    Oct 06, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We get it. Big data is scary. It can morph into clouds and lakes and deluges at any particular moment. You have nightmares about giant blobs of big data chasing you, ready to engulf everything you are and everything you have. We’re here to help.

  • Part of our Utility2Utility interview series

    Sep 24, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We spoke with Thomas Baron, senior program manager for energy efficiency program execution at National Grid, about the program, how it got started and the benefits it has brought both the utility and its customers.

  • Sep 18, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Now let’s talk data and cocktail parties. So, in this colorful metaphor that we’re going to extend for educational purposes, my grouchy, anti-social self is your traditional data system and that cocktail party represents the new social trend of utility data: utilizing data lakes.

  • Sep 08, 2015 | John R. Johnson

    Big data is all the rage in the business world. Companies around the globe are turning to data to increase productivity and efficiencies and better market products to consumers.

  • Aug 28, 2015 | Guest Writer

    With all the variables in play, it becomes imperative to devise a better way to manage pricing structures. One solution to this problem would be to strike a balance between customization and the price that a utility supplier must be able to protect itself against.

  • Aug 20, 2015 | Justine Brown

    There are two proven ways utilities can enhance operational efficiency and customer satisfaction, according to Micah DeHenau, vice president of analytics and consulting services at Vertex Group. Click here to find out what those are.

  • Aug 19, 2015 | Guest Writer

    Virtual energy analytics are designed to understand how a commercial customer uses energy and how that customer can improve through energy efficiency and other demand-side management solutions. 

  • Aug 14, 2015 | Guest Writer

    Rodger Smith with Oracle Utilities writes: "There has been much discussion, in recent years, about the form the utility grid of the future will take. In reality, the blueprint for this new grid has already been drawn, line by careful line, over the past few decades, and its physical structure is now rapidly taking shape." 

  • Aug 11, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    This issue is all about the big data invasion -- in case you didn’t get that from the not-so-subtle cover. We look at the big picture -- not just the painful side of things (such as hacking and privacy issues) but also the helpful side (such as analytics and research).  But first of all, we boiled the invasion down to one simple, splashy question: How has big data changed your utility?

  • Farmers reap savings with irrigation load control

    Aug 10, 2015 | Ginger Juhl

    For Noble REMC, irrigation load rose dramatically between 2006 and 2014, when the number of irrigation systems powered by the cooperative jumped an average of 17 percent each year.