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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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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?
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Steve Hadden

629 Massachusetts Ave.Boxborough, MA [email protected]

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