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Europe will spend €56B on smart meters by 2020. How can utilities and consumers make the most of their investment?

  • By Casey Davis-Van Atta
  • March 12, 2015

Between now and 2020, Europe will spend €56 billion rolling out smart meters. What value will they deliver for the 170 million homes and business that receive them?

We asked nearly 500 energy professionals to weigh in. The response was overwhelming: nearly half said that smart meters’ greatest value will be in enabling customer-driven, value-added services — that is, programs that fall outside of utilities’ traditional core business. Roughly one-fifth felt that smart meters will deliver greater value through energy efficiency or renewables integration.

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The informal poll was one of three we conducted last month regarding the evolution of the smart grid in Europe.

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He leads one of America’s most innovative utilities. Here’s where he thinks the smart grid is headed.

  • By Casey Davis-Van Atta
  • November 17, 2014

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New report: 5 smart meter applications can help utilities unlock billions of dollars in value

  • By Casey Davis-Van Atta
  • October 1, 2014

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.

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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.

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