How AMI Data Can Transform Load Research
- Oct 1, 2021 3:46 pm GMT
Load research is fundamental to utility company operations. However the old methods of testing a sample of “non-smart” meters is being overtaken by Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) data.
From rate and program designs for improved energy efficiency, demand response initiatives, grid planning and reliability, utilities and their customers benefit when load research is comprehensive, accurate and actionable.
Unfortunately traditional approaches, which were based on a small sample of residential meters do not give sufficient information for optimal results. That is not to denigrate load management teams using these methods, they are doing a good job with the data available.
AMI will give utility companies a much better insight into consumer behavior and help them plan more effectively. Smart meters and sophisticated analytics can deliver up-to-date and relevant insights that benefit utilities, their customers, and the grid. Over 107 million smart meters had been installed by the end of 2020 and are expected to reach 70% of the US market by 2021.
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