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What Will Drive Investment in the Next 60 Million Smart Meters?

November 9, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Smart Meter Adoption

The largest investor-owned utilities tend to receive the most media coverage when it comes to deploying advanced metering infrastructure. Whether it’s due to missteps during deployment or interesting applications leveraging the technology, it’s easy to focus on the big guys as they ink contracts for millions of meters.[read more]

New York Prepares for Millions of Smart Meters Under REV

November 4, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Smart Meters and Energy Reform

Regulators in New York recently released guidance for the state’s electric utilities’ distributed system implementation plans, which are due next June. One of the items that utilities will have to address is the need for advanced metering infrastructure to meet the goals of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision.[read more]

Can Utilities Get Smarter with Smart Meters?

September 10, 2015 by Coley Girouard

Utilities and Smart Meters

In this day and age where information is always at our fingertips and we are constantly connected, the lack of customer engagement in the electric utility industry - on which all our smart electronic devices depend - is absolutely mind-blowing.[read more]

Smart Grid for Good: How the Texas PUC is Putting Money Back into the Pockets of Texans

June 16, 2015 by Wannie Park

Texas has a legacy of pioneering smart grid initiatives. Since 2007, Texas has installed over seven million smart meters, an achievement that helped it rank first on GridWise Alliance’s “2013 Grid Modernization Index, "tied with California, a state also thought of for its forward-thinking energy policy.[read more]

Smart Energy Policy Deserves Advanced Meters

May 20, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Smart Meter Adoption

New York cemented its reputation as a national leader in energy policy last year when it announced plans to revamp the way utilities are regulated in order to establish a 21st-century energy system. But the state is still trailing in one crucial area: More than 99% of its homes have antiquated meters.[read more]

Why Multi-Purpose Networks Are a Must for Today's Smart Meter Winners

May 13, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Smart Meter Winners

The days of smart meter networks that only use one communication technology to do only one thing are now behind us. At least, that is one conclusion to draw from several large-scale smart meter contracts that were recently awarded in the past few weeks.[read more]

Georgia Power Leverages Smart Meters for Prepaid Electricity

May 1, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Georgia Power and Smart Meters

Michael Garrett enjoys the convenience of paying for electricity when he wants to and keeping tabs on his daily usage. He’s not prepaying for electricity because he moves around a lot or has financial troubles. In fact, he’s had a steady job for years with the utility that offers the program, Georgia Power.[read more]

What the Water Sector Could Learn from the Electric Side

March 7, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner

Water Waste and Energy Efficiency

We know smart water meters are a critical component to better understanding our water use, but smart meters are only one part of the equation. What we really need is a smart water system. A more intelligent system could help people better understand their use and how to adjust behavior accordingly.[read more]

Why Utilities are Forcing You to Install a Smart Meter

March 7, 2015 by Sarah Battaglia

You can run from them, but you can’t hide. Smart meters are on track to become the next big necessity for both residential and commercial energy users. Navigant Research forecasts the economic opportunity from these state-of-the-art devices will reach about $57 billion worldwide in the next 10 years.[read more]

Smart Meters Need Effective Electricity Pricing to Deliver Their Full Benefits

December 20, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Smart Meters and Electricity Pricing

Smart meters, which can provide energy consumers with detailed electricity use data throughout the day, are a critical piece of a smarter, more resilient 21st century energy system. But they are not a cure-all for modernizing our antiquated power grid.[read more]

Sprung a Leak? Smart Water Meters to the Rescue

September 12, 2014 by Kate Zerrenner

Smart Water Readers

A few months ago I logged into my online utility account and noticed it was more than twice the amount I usually pay, all of the excess going to water. We are water and electricity savers in our household, so what on earth could this spike be?[read more]

Four Ways Tokyo's Smart Meter Plan Breaks New Ground

March 21, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s 27-million-unit smart meter project isn’t just about smart meters. It’s also about creating an end-to-end, citywide energy management platform, meant to link meters, utility enterprise platforms and smart devices in homes and businesses.[read more]

China Wants Time-of-Use Pricing by 2015, One Meter per Home by 2017

January 19, 2014 by Jeff St. John

China and Metering

China, the world’s biggest potential smart meter market, has just set some ambitious goals for pushing smart pricing and energy awareness to the masses. Now, the question is how these lofty goals will be put into effect by the regional governments responsible to fulfill them.[read more]

How Smart Meters Are Helping Utilities With Voltage Management

January 16, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Smart Meters and Management

Managing voltages to save energy and reduce peak-driven strains on the grid isn’t a new idea. Some of the original volt/VAR optimization and conservation voltage reduction schemes are decades old, but they face a key limitation: the need to avoid dropping voltages so low they cause problems.[read more]

Smart Meters, but Dumb Pricing? Not in Sacramento

November 20, 2013 by Catherine Wolfram

Smart Meters and Pricing

Smart meters are supposed to give you more control over your electricity bills. As a PG&E customer, I can log onto a website and look at our household smart meter data, which shows our consumption hour-by-hour. That’s how we learned just how much electricity our lights were using.[read more]