Smart meters have become key assets at the edge of the distribution grid, capable of recording both historical and real-time data, while in turn enabling utilities to analyze the state of the grid in new ways in order to establish baseline performance, improve existing distribution operations and aid in long-term planning. While the billing-related cost savings of smart meters and advanced metering infrastructure are already well documented, utilities are just beginning to act upon the wealth of information provided by smart meters in order to operate the distribution grid more reliably, efficiently and cost-effectively.
The Engaged Customer: How data standardization leads to empowered customers and successful Smart Grid deployments
Every time a utility goes before its regulators with a Smart Grid deployment program, a singular question is asked: “How will this benefit customers?” Typically, industry responses include grid reliability, performance improvements, and operational efficiencies. In this white paper we articulate the steps necessary to make customer data useful and give concrete examples of how that data can be leveraged to deliver real customer value.
Smart meter systems provide benefits in the area of outage management through the use of new technologies, better analysis and notification tools, and automated decision-making that result in improved public and employee safety and shorter outage restoration times.
With data Validation, Estimation and Editing (VEE), utilities can instantly verify the accuracy of data and make corrections in real-time. Problematic data from meter data collection systems is identified and addressed before it reaches other utility systems.
eMeter CEO, Gary Bloom defines the value of the information platform and how it will enable on demand, two-way communications supported by information processed real-time.