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  1. Puget Sound Energy to deploy two-way automated metering technology

    Puget Sound Energy , in its 2016 Smart Grid Technology Report filed on Sept. 1 with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission, said that over the next 10 years, it intends to, among other initiatives, deploy two-way automated metering technology to refresh the aging legacy automated meter reading infrastructure. The company said it also intends to: ·      Enhance the customer experience by automatically providing information and services to the customer related to outage notification, start/stop service, usage data and other capabilities ·      Expand deployment of self-healing technology that automatically reroutes power during outages to improve electric system reliability ·      Deploy energy storage pilot projects and continue to research and evaluate emerging energy storage technologies ·      Provide customers with easy-to-use energy management tools and information ·      Integrate customer equipment, such as electric vehicles and customer-owned power generation ·      Upgrade and replace aging infrastructure as needed – for IT networks, back-end information systems and the electric and natural gas systems – with consideration to implementing a smarter grid ·      Evaluate and selectively deploy other customer energy management programs and pilot projects The company said that it is actively engaged in several projects that improve system reliability and provide more information and choice to customers, including: ·      Its automated meter modules, which collect energy usage information from electric and gas meters that enables customers to check and manage their daily electricity and natural gas usage online ·      Its more than 4,000 residential customers with grid-connected solar and wind systems who generate their own power and supply excess energy back to the grid ·      Improving reliability on its electric grid by expanding automation and installing grid-scale storage Puget Sound said that a smarter grid enhances two of its core objectives: maintaining high system reliability and efficiency and empowering customers with the ability to manage their energy efficiently. The company noted that it has been serving its customers with smart grid components for more than 35 years, before the term “smart grid” was widely known. Puget Sound also said that customer adoption continues to be a key driver in its deployment of customer facing smart grid technologies. For instance, electric vehicles (EV) and charging stations, customer energy generation, demand response and home automation can all affect the grid at its most local level, the company said. Puget Sound said that as new customer installations grow and begin to increase peak load on the transmission and distribution systems, it will need to consider several smart grid capabilities to help manage and optimize the system – from timely access to data from the grid to customer programs, such as demand response and load control. The 2017-2018 Plan, in terms of energy use information and feedback, includes continuing to improve upon personalized online energy management tools for customers to take better control of their energy use. In terms of customer energy generation, the 2017-2018 Plan includes evaluating the opportunity for pilots and/or projects involving smart meters and direct-to-customer-computer and smart phone messaging, the company added. Puget Sound also said that the 2017-2018 Plan, in terms of plug-in EVs, includes evaluating the EV charger program to gather updated information on vehicle charging locations and load curves specific to the company’s customers; and comparing those results with earlier studies, the company’s normal system load shape and renewable resources. The company further noted that the 2017-2018 Plan involving transmission automation and reliability includes continuing a program to upgrade existing transmission automatic switch schemes as needed; those upgrades will be based on specific benefit, cost and available funding. The 2017-2018 Plan regarding distribution automation projects includes continuing a pilot program to deploy sensors on distribution lines to provide information about system performance for fault location and predictive outage analytics, the company said. Among other things, the company said that one key to successful smart grid deployment will be the prudent and systematic introduction of smart grid technology at each level of infrastructure: at the customer premises, in the electric grid and in Puget Sound’s information systems. The company also said that since smart grid technology is continually evolving, a prudent approach will include continued evaluation of smart grid technologies. Those evaluations will ensure that technologies deliver anticipated benefits and results; that they follow industry standards; that vendors will continue to support and develop/improve the technologies over time; and that the technologies are cost-effective, the company said.

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    Tue, 13 Sep 2016

  2. Energy meter: Advanced metering technology from Badger Meter

    Power measurement: Badger Meter showcases advanced metering technology and smart water solutions at DistribuTECH. Company features end-to-end water solutions including AMR/AMI/AMA technology, accurate and reliable meters, and high-resolution encoders.

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    Fri, 16 Jan 2015

  3. Itron advanced metering technology selected by CenterPoint

    Itron’s advanced metering technology to be deployed by CenterPoint Energy’s natural gas business.

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    Fri, 11 Oct 2013

  4. Lime Energy wins DOE energy efficiency grants in Atlanta, Orlando, Houston

    This project team will also engage local governments to coordinate efforts on the ground

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    Tue, 4 Oct 2016

  1. Alcatel Lucent to help bring metering technology to Pennsylvania

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    Fri, 25 Feb 2011

  2. Greenvity showcases smart metering technology at DistribuTECH

    The PLC and wireless bridging technology is based on HomePlug Green PHY and ZigBee standards

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    Tue, 28 Jan 2014

  3. CenterPoint Energy to use Itron metering technology

    Communication modules to nearly 1.3 million gas meters have already been installed in parts of the company’s service territory in Minnesota, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas

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    Thu, 10 Oct 2013

  4. Smart meters: Itron selected by Duquesne Light for smart metering technology and services

    Energy meters: 625,000 Itron smart meters to be installed as part of Duquesne Light’s Smart Meter Program

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    Tue, 20 Aug 2013

  5. Electrical testing: Stratus electric meter portfolio for intelligence at the edge

    Electrical measurement: Sensus’ new metering technology captures and analyzes the data that provides intelligence at the edge of electric utilities and municipalities’ systems for unparalleled efficiency and responsiveness.

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    Wed, 17 Jun 2015

  6. Prepaid electric meters market set for expansion

    The market for prepaid electric metering is steadily gaining ground, due to the spread of smart metering technology and growing acceptance of the idea of prepaying for services 

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    Wed, 25 Mar 2015

  7. Itron to deliver metering technology to Bolivia utility

    Itron was contracted after a decision by the Bolivian government to give residents access to Bolivia's own natural gas supplies for their homes

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    Fri, 11 Mar 2011

  8. Consolidated Edison picks Aclara for smart meter, AMI project

    Smart meters benefit customers by enhancing network reliability  

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    Fri, 12 Feb 2016

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