Motivation for smart meters


Conference: Smart Metering Canada 2006
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Presenter: Allen Stanbury
Abstract: Over the past number of years, we have seen AMR/AMI/Smart Meter initiatives in a number of provinces:BC, Alberta and Quebec. These tend to be based on traditional utility objectives: reduce costs, defer capital; obtain better information for asset optimization and management; improve cash flow and customer service with more timely billing. This paper however focuses on, amongst others, why the smart meter initiative in Ontario differs from other initiatives, for example the provincial government (not the utilities) are driving force behind the initiative.