In my consulting experience it is primarily about the customer's (industrial, commercial or institutional) drive to use a metering system to their advantage.
Even when it comes to electric energy, where there is a lot already available (energy management system via the internet and using the utility's meter plus a transducer) not too many actually take advantage of what's on line like opportunities to better adjust contracted demand vis-à-vis recorded demand, time of use opportunities, power factor improvement among others.
My perception is: more than the metering capabilities is the utility's strategy to engage customers with the idea of reaching and maintaining better metrics (gas prices in USD/ft³ and gas usage ft³/physical activity.
When I was able to show the client's upper managers about the energy related opportunities that could be identified using on-line systems there was a huge turnaround! This because the lower echelons don't like the "extra burden". But... when leaders step in the whole picture changes!
Innovations in Gas Metering?
- Dec 7, 2020 4:54 pm GMT
With the maturity of the intelligent meter market, multiple innovations have occurred in electric metering infrastructure which expand the capabilities beyond just meter to cash operations. More and more utilities are able to leverage these meters as "sensors in the field" to improve safety, customer experience, and overall operations.
Have there been any equivalent innovations on the gas side? Most utilities still leverage their gas meter infrastructure solely for billing purposes, and a few have outage information and/or show hourly usage data to their customers through technologies like what Oracle provides. Does anyone have case studies or examples beyond that?
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