At the ACEEE’s biannual conference last month, analysts from the Electric Power Research Institute presented a new study on the future of advanced metering — summarizing our present, divining what’s next, and exploring the value that AMI can unlock for utilities and consumers alike.
The short answer: advanced metering infrastructure can unlock a lot of value. A previous EPRI study found that AMI can net utilities billions in cost savings, at a benefit-to-cost ratio of up to $6 to 1.
The first step to claiming that opportunity is understanding exactly what high-resolution energy data can do. In their latest paper, researchers at EPRI identified 5 smart meter applications that have already begun to revolutionize the way leading utilities do business — and how their customers think about energy use.