New York utilities called to submit additional AMI information


Patricia L. Acampora,
Chair, New York State
Public Service
New York, NY, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — December 18, 2007 – Three New York utilities – Consolidated Edison Company, Orange and Rockland Utilities, and Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation – have been directed to submit additional information on their proposed AMI rollouts to the New York State Public Service Commission.

Consolidated Edison and Orange and Rockland were asked to file supplemental plans for their proposed AMI pilots for approval, upon the Commission’s adoption of an AMI standard, while Central Hudson was requested to submit a revised AMI pilot plan.

Consolidated Edison and Orange and Rockland filed a plan on March 28, 2007 for the development and deployment of electric and gas AMI, proposing a pilot stage followed by full-scale deployment that would involve installation of AMI throughout their New York service territories, encompassing approximately 3.6 million electric meters and 1.2 million gas meters, by 2014. However, the Commission declined to authorize full-scale implementation at this time, instead ordering that the proposed AMI pilots be fleshed out by the companies to include clearly specified timelines, milestones, cost estimates, decision-making criteria, and other factors, and that the revised proposal for pilots be re-filed with the Commission in early 2008.

The companies would be required to return to the Commission at yet a later point with a full-scale AMI proposal – modified to incorporate the knowledge gained through the pilots, and updated, if necessary, to meet prospective changes in technology or new functionalities not presently available.

Central Hudson filed an AMR pilot proposal on December 28, 2006, followed by an electric AMI plan and gas AMI assessment plan on February 1, 2007. However, the Commission found that AMR pilot proposal did not address the goals and objectives as discussed in its AMI order and has directed the company to submit a revised pilot proposal and AMI plan that will meet both the requirements of the rate plan order and the AMI order. The company’s revised metering pilot proposal should incorporate AMI functionality within the metering systems used and permit an evaluation of the cost effectiveness of AMI deployment within its service territory.

“The long-standing goal of this Commission has been to provide customers with more information about their energy usage so that they have the ability to control their energy costs by responding to peak prices through the use of state-of-the-art technology,” said Commission chairwoman Patricia L. Acampora. “However, before we approve full-scale AMI implementation, we must determine if the investment is justified and whether the meters to be installed contain features and functions that will provide consumer and system benefits, or can be later modified to add new functionality. Pilots can play a very important role in reducing the number of open questions and obtaining better forecasts of costs and benefits.”