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Advanced Metering Infrastructure and Customer Systems

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 that were expected to be installed by the completion of the SGIG program and was 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 was based on quarterly build metrics reports submitted by SGIG recipients to the Data Hub. To be included in these reports, meters must have been installed and operational, meaning that each meter was physically placed and configured in a manner that enabled 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 March 31, 2015

in Millions of Smart Meters

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** Number of entities reported: 81
Updated on March 13, 2015

SGIG recipients were also required to submit monthly reports to DOE through SIPRIS that included the number of smart meters they had installed. As of June 30, 2015, the number reported in SIPRIS was 16,340,240. This count may be greater than the number reported in this chart because the numbers reported to SIPRIS may have included meters that have been installed, but were not yet operational or able to transmit the information that they were collecting to the utility (i.e., able to perform their primary function).

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AMI Expenditures

SGIG Program AMI Expenditures

Deployed as of December 31, 2014

Updated March 11, 2015

AMI Assets

Quantity*

Incurred Cost**

Number of Entities Reporting***

AMI smart meters****

16,322,970

$2,744,872,492

81

Communications networks and hardware that enable two way communications

 

$585,918,713

78

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

 

$666,314,859

75

Other AMI related costs

 

$362,052,698

105

Total AMI cost

 

$4,359,158,762

105

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

Projects only reported data on devices they planned to install. Each project installs equipment that best supported 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 installed.

** 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 was greater than the total number of projects funded by the Recovery Act because some projects had multiple sub-projects that reported data. View list of sub-projects.

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

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Customer Devices Deployed

This chart shows the number of customer devices that had 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 appliances

SGIG Customer Devices Installed and Operational

Deployed as of March 31, 2015

in Thousands of Units

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** Number of entities reported: 53
Updated on March 13, 2015

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Customer System Asset Expenditures

SGIG Program Customer System Asset Expenditures

Deployed as of December 31, 2014

Updated March 11, 2015

Customer System Assets

Quantity*

Incurred Cost**

Number of Entities Reporting***

In home displays

10,468

$16,724,920

28

Direct load control devices

407,921

$146,408,072

40

Programmable communicating thermostats

259,836

$93,321,376

26

Smart appliances

292

$1,704,679

8

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

 

$203,574,688

48

Other customer system related costs

 

$201,626,518

100

Total customer system cost

 

$663,360,252

100

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

Projects only reported data on devices they planned to install. Each project installed equipment that best supported 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 installed.

** 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 was greater than the total number of projects funded by the Recovery Act because some projects had multiple sub-projects that reported data. View list of sub-projects.

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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

Customers-Enrolled-in-Time-based-Rate-Programs

** Number of entities reported: 28
Updated on March 13, 2015

Learn more about time-based rate programs >>

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