Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) is an integrated system of smart meters, communications networks, and data management systems that enables two-way communication between utilities and customers. Customer systems include in-home displays, home area networks, energy management systems, and other customer-side-of-the-meter equipment that enable smart grid functions in homes, offices, and factories. Time-based rate programs include different types of electricity pricing options for customers that are made possible by AMI and sometimes include customer systems.

AMI and customer system projects funded through the Recovery Act Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program reported data for the following:

Smart Meters Deployed

The chart below shows the number of smart meters funded through the Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program that are installed and operational. The cumulative estimated number of smart meters, shown as the green line below, is the total number of meters expected to be installed by the completion of the SGIG program and is based on the project plans of the SGIG recipients installing smart meters. Coverage is the percentage of smart meter installations resulting from SGIG funding and is calculated based on the total number of meters in the United States as reported by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in the 2009 Electric Power Annual Report, Table 7.1.

The number of meters installed is based on quarterly build metrics reports submitted by SGIG recipients to the Data Hub. To be included in these reports, meters must be installed and operational, meaning that each meter has been physically placed and configured in a manner that will enable it to perform its primary function of recording customer electricity usage and transmitting that information through a communication system to the utility.

 

SGIG Smart Meters Installed and Operational

Deployed as of December 31, 2014

in Millions of Smart Meters

Q1Q2Q3Q4

2010

0.0 0.0 0.3 1.9

2011

4.2 5.9 7.7 9.6

2012

10.4 11.6 12.5 13.3

2013

14.1 14.6 15.0 15.3

2014

15.3 15.3 15.3 15.3
** Number of entities reported: 81
Updated on February 3, 2015View All Data

SGIG recipients are also required to submit monthly reports to DOE through SIPRIS that include the number of smart meters they have installed. As of November 30, 2014, the number reported in SIPRIS is 16,870,279. This count may be greater than the number reported in this chart because the numbers reported to SIPRIS may include meters that have been installed, but are not yet operational or able to transmit the information that they are collecting to the utility (i.e., able to perform their primary function).

AMI Investments

SGIG Program AMI Expenditures

Deployed as of December 31, 2013

Updated April 29, 2014

AMI Assets

Quantity*

Incurred Cost**

Number of Entities Reporting***

AMI smart meters****

15,257,931

$2,545,320,027

81

Communications networks and hardware that enable two way communications

 

$627,632,211

78

IT hardware, systems, and applications that enable AMI features and functionalities

 

$634,170,814

75

Other AMI related costs

 

$288,067,668

105

Total AMI cost

 

$4,095,190,721

105

* In some circumstances, costs are incurred before devices are installed resulting in a reported cost where the quantity is zero.

Projects only report data on devices they plan to install. Each project installs equipment that best supports their individual goals. Therefore, the number of projects reporting is expected to vary by equipment category. The individual project reporting pages show what equipment that project is installing.

** All dollar figures are the total cost, which is the sum of the federal investment and cost share of the recipient (the recipient cost share must be at least 50% of the total overall project cost).

*** In some cases the number of entities reporting is greater than the total number of projects funded by the Recovery Act because some projects have multiple sub-projects that report data. View list of sub-projects.

**** SGIG recipients are also required to submit monthly reports to DOE through SIPRIS that include the number of smart meters they have installed. DOE reports both numbers. The count provided here includes meters that are installed AND functioning (i.e., they are transmitting information to the utility in support of their primary function). The SIPRIS numbers report the number of meters installed.

Customer Devices Deployed

This chart shows the number of customer devices that have been installed and made operational through the SGIG program. Customer devices are often used with smart meters to provide information that enables customers and utilities to manage energy usage. Customer devices included in the SGIG program:

  • In home displays
  • Energy management
  • Direct load control devices
  • Programmable controllable thermostats
  • Smart appliciances

 

SGIG Customer Devices Installed and Operational

Deployed as of December 31, 2014

in Thousands of Units

Count

In-Home Display

9.8

Direct Load Control Device

404.4

Programmable Controllable Thermostat

258.1

Smart Appliance

0.3
** Number of entities reported: 58
Updated on February 3, 2015View All Data

Customer System Asset Expenditures

SGIG Program Customer System Asset Expenditures

Deployed as of December 31, 2013

Updated April 29, 2014

Customer System Assets

Quantity*

Incurred Cost**

Number of Entities Reporting***

In home displays

9,848

$14,932,159

32

Direct load control devices

404,369

$141,459,932

44

Programmable communicating thermostats

258,115

$89,380,110

31

Smart appliances

292

$661,051

8

IT hardware, systems, and applications that enable CS features and functionalities

 

$191,249,102

49

Other customer system related costs

 

$168,623,934

102

Total customer system cost

 

$606,306,288

102

* In some circumstances, costs are incurred before devices are installed resulting in a reported cost where the quantity is zero.

Projects only report data on devices they plan to install. Each project installs equipment that best supports their individual goals. Therefore, the number of projects reporting is expected to vary by equipment category. The individual project reporting pages show what equipment that project is installing.

** All dollar figures are the total cost, which is the sum of the federal investment and cost share of the recipient (the recipient cost share must be at least 50% of the total overall project cost).

*** In some cases the number of entities reporting is greater than the total number of projects funded by the Recovery Act because some projects have multiple sub-projects that report data. View list of sub-projects.

Customers Enrolled in Time-based Rate Programs

The chart below shows the number of customers enrolled in time-based rate programs through the SGIG program.

 

SGIG Customers with Smart Meters Enrolled in Pricing Programs

Deployed as of December 31, 2014

EnrolledAvailable

Time-of-Use Pricing

58,814 2,605,900

Real-Time Pricing

6 11

Variable Pricing

37,461 843,914

Critical Peak Pricing

8,650 1,021,798

Critical Peak Rebates

346,429 388,437
** Number of entities reported: 27
Updated on February 3, 2015View All Data

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