Postings tagged with: meters


Usman Sindhu| Jan 21, 2014

DistribuTECH 2014 conference is approaching – What are your expectations?

Many utility professionals are getting ready to attend the DistribuTECH conference in San Antonio, Texas next week. This year’s DistribuTECH has a rich list of topics as always to keep us engaged. I’m sure, everyone has an eye on various themes impacting the utility industry in general and your job in particular. This year will be important for utilities to strengthen and reinvent their business models. Here’s a list of themes that I’ll personally be following during DistribuTECH: 1.    How util ...

Smart Grid Watch Team| Nov 23, 2013

Meter-to-cash: What it is, and why it's only the starting point for smart meter benefits

Meter-to-cash (M2C) is one of the most common business justifications for deploying smart meters and meter data management (MDM) platforms. But MDM is much more than just M2C. MDM can comprise several strategies that help utilities increase revenues and reduce costs, not just through the billing system. "As a utility industry term, M2C is a big bucket," notes Chris King, Chief Regulatory Officer for eMeter, a Siemens business, which offers the EnergyIP MDM platform. "Vendors sell ...

Chris King| Jan 18, 2013

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Smart meter privacy: Minnesota, California regulators watching out for consumers

Protecting customer privacy is a top concern of policymakers as utilities roll out and utilize smart meters. This month Minnesota requested public input on smart meter privacy -- joining a growing list of states and nations considering this matter. Several months ago, the California PUC adopted the world's first comprehensive set of rules to ensure that consumers can access the detailed energy usage data gathered by their smart meter -- while also protecting the privacy and security ...

Chris King| Aug 31, 2012

How Carlsbad, California residents save money with smart meters, automatically

Earlier this summer Smart Grid Watch reported on San Diego Gas & Electric's groundbreaking ReduceYourUse Program. How well is it working? According to SDG&E, in August customers in one small city in its service territory (Carlsbad, Calif.) earned over $200,000 in rebates. The goal of ReduceYourUse is to curb energy demand on hot summer afternoons when usage surges and the power grid is pushed closer to its limits. This program provides rebates to customers who lower their consumpti ...

Alicia Carrasco| Aug 27, 2012

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Northern Ireland's positive business case for smart meters

Originally posted on 8/13/12 on former eMeter blog By Alicia Carrasco | August 13 2012 Congratulations to Northern Ireland, which has joined the club of over 30 states and countries with positive business cases for smart meters. Recently the Northern Ireland Department of Enterprise, Trade & Investment released the region’s smart meter cost-benefit analysis Implementing smart meters for the nearly 1 million electricity customers there is expected to yield net savings ...

Alicia Carrasco| Aug 27, 2012

U.K. moves to make energy markets smarter

Originally posted on 8/2/12 on former eMeter blog By Alicia Carrasco | August 2 2012 It’s not just meters and power grids that are getting smarter. U.K. energy regulator Ofgem is advancing plans to make energy markets in that nation “smarter” — that is: more efficient and yielding better consumer outcomes. Smarter energy markets also would provide consumers with ready access to an abundance of easily digestible information about their energy use, plus time-varying pri ...

Alicia Carrasco| Aug 27, 2012

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Smart meters simplify the language of energy

Originally posted on 7/31/12 on former eMeter blog By Alicia Carrasco | July 31 2012 A British Gas website explains common energy terms and issues in plain language for business customers. British Gas has a “plain English” campaign to help business customers understand their energy contracts and bills. The website, Making Business Energy Simple, covers the basics of energy and energy costs as well as savings tips. Prior to launching this site, British Gas commissioned a researc ...

Alicia Carrasco| Aug 24, 2012

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Spain: Smart meters would avoid meter reading hassles, inaccurate bills

Notice posted in the elevator of a Barcelona apartment building. Tenants must write down their current electric meter reading here in order to avoid getting an estimated bill. (Click to enlarge)  Originally posted on 7/19/12 on former eMeter blog By Alicia Carrasco | July 19 2012 In most of Europe it’s just once per year that utilities send staff out to read customer electric meters. However, most customers receive monthly or quarterly bills, based on consumption as estimated by th ...

Alicia Carrasco| Aug 24, 2012

Grid4EU: Key players across Europe collaborate on smart grid innovation

Originally posted on 5/15/12 on former eMeter blog By Alicia Carrasco | May 15 2012 A major new European Union program aims to enhance several major smart grid pilot projects happening around Europe.    The Grid4EU program helps six major European smart grid projects collaborate to spur innovation and enhance results. Grid4EU — a four-year, multi-national project — comprises six smart grid projects by utilities in France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Sweden, and the Czech ...

Alicia Carrasco| Aug 24, 2012

How sustainable cities can engage citizens: from London to New York

Originally posted on 4/13/12 on former eMeter blog By Alicia Carrasco | April 13 2012 London offers huge potential to become a truly sustainable city — thanks to smart meters, decentralized energy production, and smart people. I live in London, and am pleased that there are initiatives here which recognize and promote the deployment of smart meters for electricity (and hopefully, soon, water). These efforts note the benefits that smart meters can provide — such as helping people s ...


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