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Smart Meter Deployment & Transitions

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In the past 100 years, customer interaction with electric utilities has not changed significantly. However, with the introduction of smart meters, customers are now able to sign up for new programs and access their electricity usage data. Read more

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Tracking Smart City Trends

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Already, smart city technologies are strong in Europe and the Middle East. Now, cities all over North America are joining the smart cities movement as well. Once the journey begins, a city quickly realizes that it cannot become smart and sustainable without the help of its electric power utility. Like it or not, investor-owned utilities are being pulled into the smart city conversation. Read more

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Wireless Technology for Electric Utilities

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The electric industry is making the transformation from a centralized, producer-controlled network to one that is less centralized and more consumer interactive. An automated, widely distributed energy delivery network, the Smart Grid, is characterized by a two-way flow of electricity and information, and potentially is capable of monitoring everything from power plants to customer behavior to individual appliance performance. Read more

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How AMI Can Improve Grid Reliability and Outage Response

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Leveraging AMI to improve grid reliability and outage response

BY TIM WOLF, Itron

Getting a handle on overall grid reliability and outage trends for the entire U.S. can be challenging. Despite generally high reliability numbers, power outages are occurring more frequently and the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that outages cost the American economy as much $150 billion per year. Unfortunately, outages are affecting more people and lasting longer than just a decade ago. These facts are due, at least in part, to a combination of underinvestment in the power grid over the past quarter century, continually increasing demand for electricity among businesses and consumers, and the more frequent occurrence of severe storms. Read more

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