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What the Water Sector Could Learn from the Electric Side

March 7, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner

Water Waste and Energy Efficiency

We know smart water meters are a critical component to better understanding our water use, but smart meters are only one part of the equation. What we really need is a smart water system. A more intelligent system could help people better understand their use and how to adjust behavior accordingly.[read more]

Why Utilities are Forcing You to Install a Smart Meter

March 7, 2015 by Sarah Battaglia

You can run from them, but you can’t hide. Smart meters are on track to become the next big necessity for both residential and commercial energy users. Navigant Research forecasts the economic opportunity from these state-of-the-art devices will reach about $57 billion worldwide in the next 10 years.[read more]

Smart Meters Need Effective Electricity Pricing to Deliver Their Full Benefits

December 20, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Smart Meters and Electricity Pricing

Smart meters, which can provide energy consumers with detailed electricity use data throughout the day, are a critical piece of a smarter, more resilient 21st century energy system. But they are not a cure-all for modernizing our antiquated power grid.[read more]

Sprung a Leak? Smart Water Meters to the Rescue

September 12, 2014 by Kate Zerrenner

Smart Water Readers

A few months ago I logged into my online utility account and noticed it was more than twice the amount I usually pay, all of the excess going to water. We are water and electricity savers in our household, so what on earth could this spike be?[read more]

Four Ways Tokyo's Smart Meter Plan Breaks New Ground

March 21, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s 27-million-unit smart meter project isn’t just about smart meters. It’s also about creating an end-to-end, citywide energy management platform, meant to link meters, utility enterprise platforms and smart devices in homes and businesses.[read more]

China Wants Time-of-Use Pricing by 2015, One Meter per Home by 2017

January 19, 2014 by Jeff St. John

China and Metering

China, the world’s biggest potential smart meter market, has just set some ambitious goals for pushing smart pricing and energy awareness to the masses. Now, the question is how these lofty goals will be put into effect by the regional governments responsible to fulfill them.[read more]

How Smart Meters Are Helping Utilities With Voltage Management

January 16, 2014 by Jeff St. John

Smart Meters and Management

Managing voltages to save energy and reduce peak-driven strains on the grid isn’t a new idea. Some of the original volt/VAR optimization and conservation voltage reduction schemes are decades old, but they face a key limitation: the need to avoid dropping voltages so low they cause problems.[read more]

Smart Meters, but Dumb Pricing? Not in Sacramento

November 20, 2013 by Catherine Wolfram

Smart Meters and Pricing

Smart meters are supposed to give you more control over your electricity bills. As a PG&E customer, I can log onto a website and look at our household smart meter data, which shows our consumption hour-by-hour. That’s how we learned just how much electricity our lights were using.[read more]


This Marks the Golden Age of Building Energy Data

October 23, 2013 by Adam Forni

Since the dawn of civilization, our buildings have used energy almost blindly. But now a confluence of technological and political forces has pushed building energy data into the mainstream, and a new tool has emerged as benchmarking and efficiency go into overdrive.[read more]

Real-Time, Big-Data-Enabled Demand Reductions Becoming Go-To Smart Grid App

July 23, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

Of all the forward-thinking at the 10th annual Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid in Washington, DC and similar conferences in the U.S., one new application is appears curiously off the main radar screen.[read more]

Does My Smart Meter Make Me Look Fat?

March 27, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

At a Smart Grid industry conference last week, three attendees protested against smart meters based on concerns about the health impacts of the Radio Frequency signaling technology in them.[read more]

Utility’s Big Data Challenge

December 10, 2012 by Benjamin Lack

To understand the scale of the task facing utilities, consider the impact of smart meters. Typically, standard analog meters were read once a month, for a single number representing energy consumed. A digital smart meter, by comparison, might relay a variety of indicators every 15 minutes or more frequent. Those updates pile up fast, to 35,000 per year. If not properly managed, the 3,000-fold increase in data volume could be overwhelming.[read more]

Distributed Smart Metering for Utilities and Their Customers

November 27, 2012 by Steven Collier

In my previous blog post I discussed how smart meters will be supplanted by increasingly intelligent electronic devices that will make possible new and better grid monitoring and control. Now I want to discuss the concept of enhanced grid management via distributed smart metering. While added functionality is a plus, the journey we’...[read more]

More to Meters Than Meets the Eye

October 19, 2012 by Steven Collier

Smart Meter via Shutterstock

The unrelenting treadmill of Moore’s Law steadily makes electronic components more powerful even as it makes them smaller and more economical. This has revolutionized electronics, telecommunications and information technologies. It will do the same for smart meters that will be supplanted by advanced intelligent electronic devices (IEDs...[read more]

Smart Meter Fires: Can the Power Industry Manage the Risks?

October 9, 2012 by Jim Pierobon

As dozens of U.S. utilities ramp up their deployment of smart grid programs and with them new digital / smart meters, a few meter installations reportedly are causing small fires that could undermine the trust utilities need to continue updating the nation’s 100+year-old electric system.This is from a report by Fox News in Philadelphia (...[read more]