Week in smart metering - Innovation fuels growth

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Published: Wed 03 Aug 2016

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US power utility National Grid selected energy management solutions firm Itron as a potential supplier of an advanced metering functionality (AMF) in Massachusetts. The utility serving 3,4 million electricity and 3,6 gas consumers in New England and New York has proposed the use of Itron’s OpenWay smart grid platform to upgrade its grid network. [National Grid selects Itron for infrastructure upgrade]. In a combined statement, the power company said it believes that Itron’s technology will help in the real time acquisition, processing and management of grid data.

A new report suggests that the global market for smart electricity meters will generate $7 billion by 2021. This means that the smart electricity meters market will generate another $3 billion over the next four to five years. The report compiled by IHS Markit adds that electricity meter manufacturers shipped more than 100 million smart meters globally in 2015, resulting in more than $4 billion in revenue. [Global smart electricity meters market worth $7bn by 2021]. IHS expects that innovation in the market and usefulness of intelligent meters will increase the attractiveness of smart electricity meters will propel the market forward.

US power and gas utility Consumers Energy plans to equip all of its customers with smart meters by December 2016. The development is expected to help the firm to improve its energy billing by eliminating estimated billing. In addition to ensuring accurate billing, the new metering system will help customers reduce their power usage and costs. [Consumers Energy budgets $750m to complete AMI rollout]. Kathryn Burkholder, outreach coordinator for smart energy at Consumers Energy, commented: "It offers our customers the opportunity to go online and look at their hourly energy use.

French telecoms company Orange has announced plans to launch Tunisia’s first smart metering pilot in partnership with the country’s national power company. [Orange to launch smart meter trial in Tunisia]. According to a company release, the pilot will begin in September and run for six months with 100 smart meters installed in residential premises in Tunisia. The pilot forms part of a much larger planned rollout of four million smart meters when the solution is rolled out commercially across the country.