Conference: Smart Metering West Coast 2006
Location: San Fransisco
Presenter: Karen Blackmore
Abstract:Presented by Karen Blackmore at Smart Metering West Coast 2006. Smart metering, also known as advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and meter data management (MDM), is a system enabling two-way communications between utility distribution companies, retail energy providers, and energy consumers, using the meter as the sender of time-series data and the receptor of control signals.  It may be used on electricity, gas and water commodities delivered to energy consumers,  typically referred to as mass-market customers.  Much of the information available today on the web focuses on the emerging technologies themselves, the business and regulatory drivers for smart metering investments, and the impacts smart metering will have on utility distribution companies.

In this session, Karen Blackmore focuses on the electricity consumer, and what benefits a customer and the general population can derive from smart metering.  Ms. Blackmore will also highlight the societal and economic considerations of smart metering from a customer standpoint, as well as communication strategies and flexible options a utility should  consider.