Darlington, SC and Wellesley, MA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — January 20, 2011 – Pee Dee Electric Cooperative has implemented Aclara’s mid-market meter data management system (MDMS) to enhance all aspects of its customer service, allowing the utility to refine its time-of-use (TOU) rates and improve customer billing for its 30,000 residential and commercial members.
The cooperative went from kick-off to finalization of its MDMS system in just four months.
“We went gangbusters on the project,” says Brian Kelley, vice-president of marketing at Pee Dee, one of the nation’s top-ranked rural electric cooperatives for customer service.
Pee Dee, a long-time user of Aclara’s TWACS AMI solution for meter reading, is also piloting the TWACS prepayment solution and Aclara’s home area networking (HAN) technology. The MDMS will be the backbone for prepayment and the HAN offering, allowing people to view consumption data on in-home displays or via web-enabled devices.
Completion of the MDMS also paves the way for introduction of Pee Dee’s i-on energy website, which will be powered by Aclara’s ENERGYprism® solution. The program will make it easier for Pee Dee customers to monitor and adjust energy use and become more energy efficient.
The validate, estimate, and edit (VEE) engine that powers the Aclara MDMS allows the utility to refine meter data so that it can be used in a wide range of customer service applications. For example, Pee Dee is piloting a commercial coincident peak (CP) demand rate versus the current non-coincident peak demand rate. The MDMS validated interval data gives Pee Dee the ability to offer the CP rate without having to change the meter.
The ability to manage interval data through the MDMS is also reducing costs by utilizing the validated interval data for residential TOU billing. This has allowed Pee Dee to get rid of special meters for customers on a TOU rate. These meters manage interval data to enforce TOU rates, but are costly and must be reprogrammed if rates change.
Although nearly 30 percent of Pee Dee Electric’s 30,000 residential and commercial members already pay bills or access energy consumption details online, the MDMS will allow customers even more access to information about their usage. The program will offer energy use analysis based on hourly meter reads provided by the MDMS, making it possible for customers to make informed energy use decisions that maximize efficiency and reduce costs. Information available to consumers also will be readily available to Pee Dee’s customer service representatives, allowing them to more effectively communicate with customers.