Week in smart metering - Resourceful solutions to address utility challenges

Report from Itron Utility Week by Gerald Schreiner, business development director, Metering & Smart Energy International.
Published: Wed 19 Oct 2016

I’m in Orlando, Florida this week attending the Itron Utility Week event, Itron’s annual customer event that brings together over 1,000 attendees from utilities around North America.

The event kicked off on Sunday with a networking event under the balmy Florida sky. I had the opportunity to catch up over a glass of wine with Sanjay Mehta, IT DME and Basis Engineer, DTE Energy in Detroit.

I asked him what he thinks the next 5 years holds for the utilities industry. Energy independence, distributed energy resources and cybersecurity were at the top of his list.

We need to look no further than the Itron Utility Week slogan of “Resourceful Solutions”, in order to tackle all off these issues. 

I will endeavor this week to take a look at how Itron and their partners are applying resourceful solutions to help address utilities challenges. Stay tuned.

To follow our coverage of Itron Utility week 2016, be sure to check out our daily newsletter, and follow us on Twitter @metering and the Itron Utility Week hashtag #IUW16. Some of the great presentations from the IUW will also be featured in the next edition of Metering & Smart Energy International, so look out for edition 5, due for publication in November. 

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Texas-based CenterPoint Energy and NMB Water have been recognised with Frost and Sullivan’s Excellence in Resourcefulness Awards during Itron Utility Week in Florida. The Excellence in Resourcefulness Awards honour utilities that have demonstrated their commitment and ability to significantly reduce wasted energy and water based on a recent and successful technology implementation. [CenterPoint awarded for excellence at Itron Utility Week]. According to a release, CenterPoint Energy was recognised in the energy category for its early adoption of smart grid technology and impressive results conserving energy and reducing costs in its operations.

A new mobile solution has been launched by Itron which allows utilities to perform automated meter reading and manual data collection. [New mobile app launched for utility field operations]. Itron’s new full mobile data collection and field asset management solution is designed to transform utility field operations. With the solution, utilities can use the Itron Mobile app on the device of their choice – including smartphones, tablets and laptops – for automated meter reading and manual data collection.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority selected energy consulting firm Navigant Research to ensure the state meets its clean energy targets. [NYSERDA launches smart grid initiative with Navigant]. In a combined statement, Navigant announced that it partnered with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to implement authority’s newly launched smart grid innovation programme REV Connect. 

In India, Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) signed a deal with the Ministry of Urban Development to enhance energy conservation and ensure grid reliability. [India adds energy efficiency to smart cities programme]. Under the agreement, EESL and the Ministry of Urban Development will supply and deploy the latest energy efficiency technologies at municipal level in cities selected to benefit from the country’s Smart Cities Mission.

UK utility South West Water Limited entered into a deal with technology management firm Hitachi Consulting to optimise its operations. Under the three-year contract, Hitachi Consulting will integrate IoT solutions into utility’s network to ensure real-time management of the water distribution system. [UK utility selects Hitachi for IoT deployment]. The IoT solutions will include Supervisory Control and Data Access (SCADA) system and communications infrastructure for network data telemetry.

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