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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.


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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These 3 heat maps reveal the phenomenal data stream at the heart of the smart grid

  • By Casey Davis-Van Atta
  • September 4, 2014

We write often about the tidal wave of smart meter data that’s sweeping across the globe — how big it is, who’s benefitting from it, and all the good it can do for utilities and their customers.

What we don’t often cover is the sheer technical challenge of transforming hundreds of billions of smart meter reads into valuable insights. It’s a topic we intend to explore in the months ahead, beginning today with a deep dive into a platform tool that Opower developed to process and analyze AMI data when it arrives at one of our data centers.

Let’s start by looking at a highly populated region in the American Midwest. Smart meter installations here have grown at a furious pace — increasing five-fold in little more a year.

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12 things utilities need to know about one of the year’s biggest energy polls

  • By Casey Davis-Van Atta
  • August 21, 2014

From weighing an ox to predicting the future, it’s often said that there’s wisdom in crowds.

A new report from the global consulting firm Black & Veatch aims to tap into that wisdom by polling 576 top minds in the energy industry. What forces are pushing utilities to change? How are power providers responding to flattening load growth? With coal and nuclear plants slated for retirement, what will take their place?

Black & Veatch asked, and utility decisionmakers answered. Here are 12 key things we learned from the report.

1. Reliability is still king. With distributed generation, smart meters, and regulatory reform sweeping across the country, it’s easy to feel like there are no more knowns in the energy world. But for American utilities, one thing’s the same as it ever was: the paramount importance of delivering power on time, all the time. Black & Veatch found that reliability is still the number one concern in the industry.

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