American Electric Power (AEP) is evaluating AMI/AMS for deployment initially within their largest urban areas and has performed a detail analysis for Columbus, Ohio. Urban areas are of initial interest for a variety of reasons, the chief one being the most obvious: Is it more cost effective to deploy a fixed network system (AMS) in more densely populated areas on a per-customer basis?

Starting in 2004, AEP began installing a vast number of AMR meters with primarily drive-by technology to reduce meter reading costs. Add to this RF and PLC enabled meters and the total sum comes out to roughly 1.4 million meters in the field. The value derived from having these meters in the field is one of the key drivers for a two-way fixed-network infrastructure to be built.
AEP is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than five million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 36,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the US.

Find out what is happening with the AMI/AMS project at American Electric Power. All the answers, or at least some of them, will be handled by Jack Carr, manager of meter revenue engineering at AEP. Take this opportunity to gain a better understanding of this monumental project, only at Smart Metering East Coast.

Apart from great speakers, Smart Metering East Coast 2008 will serve to:

  • Discuss the new regulatory frameworks detailing future energy demands
  • Learn how vendor interoperability will mark the future of the smart grid
  • Uncover the new standards shaping the metering industry in the region
  • Explore the synergies between AMI and the smart grid
  • Hear about the latest developments in communication technology for the smart grid
  • Attain further insight into the ROI of the solutions and technologies presented
  • Gain awareness of how AMI can play a key role in energy loss management, predictive maintenance, outage management and improved operational efficiency
  • Discover the value of metering data and how it can be leveraged
  • Hear about the strategies to improve customer service through the use of advanced technologies
  • Get answers from the industry’s principal manufacturers
  • Find out what new technologies are being deployed by leading technology providers

Smart Metering East Coast 2008 promises a stellar lineup of the industry’s smartest speakers. Our attendees can expect noteworthy case studies from across the region, supplemented by regulatory summaries and prominent presentations from utility leaders.  

For more information or for speaking opportunities, please contact Ryan Matthews: ryan.matthews@spintelligent.com  

Smart Metering East Coast, October, 27 – 28 2008, Raleigh, NC