Metering, AMR & Data Management

  • 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.
  • The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission said on Monday that the new electricity tariff regime had the mechanism to meter all consumers within one year.
  • The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company said it would start free installation of prepaid meters pilot scheme in the Federal Capital Territory in February.
  • 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.

  • A historic decision by the California Public Utilities Commission means that net-metering has been preserved in a big win for solar energy in the Golden State.
  • Concerns there could be a surge in brothels or illegal labour camps if people are allowed to install multiple electricity meters inside homes have prompted a review.
  • 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.
  • Dec 16, 2015 | Derek Handova

    Portland General Electric (PGE) provides insight on how it’s driving toward its 2020 Vision program by moving from obsolete, homegrown information technologies (IT) to common, standardized systems.

  • Dec 01, 2015 | Derek Handova

    Some have only contemplated this move for their own operations. Others realize that they have the scale to provide solutions not only for themselves but also for smaller players.

  • Nov 20, 2015 | Guest Writer

    What are the best practices to managing AMI systems? How can utilities optimize their investments in the technology and the accumulated data? To answer these and other questions confronting utilities, EPRI recently launched the AMI Resource Center.

  • 3 visions of what's coming from what's happening now

    Nov 10, 2015 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    We’ve heard a lot about how the utility business is going to change. We’ve read tomes about it, listened in on debates about it, been on the receiving end of laments about it. But, in all honesty, do we have any clue what that utility of the future will really look like?