Advanced metering and demand response increases in U.S.


Washington, DC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — November 8, 2011 – The penetration of advanced meters has reached 13.4 percent in 2011, up from 8.7 percent in 2009, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) latest annual assessment of advanced metering and demand response.

This figure corresponds to a U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) sample of 420 utilities, which had 9.7 million advanced meters out of a total 72.4 million meters as of June 2011. However, if advanced meters that have been installed but which have not yet been activated are also included, based on Institute for Electric Efficiency (IEE) data the penetration may be over 18 percent, at 27.3 million meters.

The Staff Report, the sixth to be released, says the growth in advanced meter installations may be attributable in part to funding provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which has led to 7.2 million advanced meters having been installed as of September 28, 2011 – slightly less than half of the 15.5 million advanced meters that are expected to be installed under this funding.

The report also states that as advanced metering deployment continues and achieves greater penetration, issues associated with use of advanced metering and associated smart grid technologies have gained in importance. Such issues include interoperability standards, the development of state”based progress and performance metrics, privacy of advanced metering data, and the health effects of radio frequency emissions.

On demand response the report finds that the demand response potential in organized markets operated by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), regional transmission organizations (RTOs) and independent system operators (ISOs) has increased by more than 16 percent since 2009. Further demand response resources have made significant contributions to balancing supply and demand during system emergencies in several of these markets, in particular during extreme weather conditions.

The report also notes that federal and state regulators and others continue to focus on demand response, taking actions to remove barriers to wholesale demand response and develop policies to address smart grid.