Week in Smart Metering - Promise of utility software solutions

News has been circulating about utility software and solutions, writes Amy Ryan, deputy editor of Metering & Smart Energy International.
Published: Wed 11 May 2016

This past week there has been quite a bit of news circulating around utility software and solutions promising improved monitoring and management of grid operations and demand response management among other services. One particular story covered by Metering & Smart Energy International is Oracle’s acquisition of Opower, which provides mission-critical cloud services to utilities.

Opower claims to store and analyse more than 600 billion meter reads from 60 million utility customers, including the likes of PG&E, Exelon, SMUD and National Grid. Based on these numbers, the deal is said to make Oracle “the largest provider of cloud services to utilities”.

In another recent deal, Norwegian utility consortium Smarthub, selected IT advisory services and integration solutions provider, GreenBird to improve its meter data management system.

Highlighted through these partnerships is the importance placed on energy data as a valuable asset and significant market opportunity. These developments emphasise the key role that data plays in the digital energy transformation.

At the 16th annual African Utility Week conference and exhibition, taking place next week in Cape Town, Johannesburg's electricity utility City Power and state power utility Eskom will be talking on the topic of interpreting and making sense of big data in the African context.

To view the full programme click here.

Next week look out for the latest issue of Metering & Smart Energy International magazine, which will be readily available for download on Metering.com.

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