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Advanced Metering: - What it is - How it affects consumers. July 18, 2007 Steve Hadden. Core Expertise Metering, Meter Data Systems Data Communications Telecommunications Customer Services, Technologies & Automation Mission Expert technical & business strategy support to:

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Advanced metering what it is how it affects consumers

Advanced Metering:- What it is- How it affects consumers

July 18, 2007

Steve Hadden


Who is plexus research objectivity expertise integrity

Core Expertise

Metering, Meter Data Systems

Data Communications

Telecommunications

Customer Services, Technologies & Automation

Mission

Expert technical & business strategy support to:

Institutional Clients

Utilities & Energy providers

Industry Technology Suppliers

Founded 1983

Incorporated 1985

Plexus Offices

Boston

Minneapolis

Affiliates

Pittsburgh

Corporate Focus

The business & technologies of utility interaction with customers.

Who is Plexus Research?Objectivity — Expertise — Integrity

629 Massachusetts Ave., Boxborough, MA 01719

Phone: 978-263-6080

Email: [email protected]


Briefing outline

Briefing Outline

  • Introduction

  • Consequences for Consumers

  • What is Advanced Metering?

    • From simple to fully-featured

  • Impacts on Utilities

  • What does it cost?


Consequences for consumers

Consequences for Consumers

AMR

  • Service improvements

    • Accurate, timely bills

    • Fast, accurate response to inquiries

  • Utility operating efficiency

    • Lower costs

    • Improved service metrics (reliability, etc.)

  • Improved market dynamics

    • Lower average costs

    • More stable market

    • Higher infrastructure utilization

    • … many more …

AMI

Lifestyle changes

Demand Response


What is advanced metering

AMI

  • Meter device + infrastructure

    • More capable meter & device

    • Communication infrastructure

Demand Response

  • Devices in the customer premises

    • Thermostats, etc.

    • Utility program

What is Advanced Metering?

AMR

  • Simple device in the meter.

    • Mobile reading … handheld or vehicle.


In home display

In-Home Display

AzTech

Images courtesy of Elster Electricity

BlueLine


Advanced metering utility impacts

Advanced Metering Utility Impacts

AMR

  • Improved quality of existing data

    • Automation of manual reading

    • “Mobile” reading (pedestrian or vehicle)

  • Substantial new high-quality data

    • Fixed network advanced metering

    • Many new data uses & benefits

  • New demand management resources

    • Customer interaction required

AMI

Demand Response


What does it cost

What does it cost?

To buy the hardware:

  • AMR: $10 to $20 per meter.

  • AMI: $40 to $100 per meter.

  • Demand response

    • The cost of AMI + …

    • Thermostat, display, load switch(es), service switch, etc. – all $40 to $200 each

  • Big questions …

  • Does the benefit justify the cost?

  • Who should pay: utility or customer?


Advanced metering what it is how it affects consumers

Steve Hadden

629 Massachusetts Ave.Boxborough, MA [email protected]


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