Operational Efficiency Improvements from Advanced Metering Infrastructure
The analysis covers all of the Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) projects that are deploying advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), including smart meters and associated meter data management and communications systems to improve operational efficiencies and lower costs from remote meter reading, tamper detection, remote service connection and disconnection, and enhanced outage management.
The key analysis question concerns how and to what extent does advanced metering infrastructure reduce costs and improve operations? Analysis objectives include:
- Determining the amount of savings in operations and maintenance costs that are achieved by the application of AMI, including supporting communications and data management systems.
- Understanding the contribution of different technology configurations, communications architectures, and meter functionalities to improved operations.