Meter Data Management 2.0New levels of enterprise integration and analytics to improve utility businessoperationJuly 2012M...
SummaryExecutive Summary . ................................................................................... p	 1Introdu...
Leveraging AMI for Outage ManagementExecutive summaryThe fact that a Meter Data Management (MDM) system is the single, sec...
Leveraging AMI for Outage ManagementIntroductionAccording to the “2012 Smart Grid Executive Survey” from Zpryme Researchan...
Meter Data Management 2.0
Meter Data Management 2.0 Start with data storage and analyticsConsider the amount of data your AMI generates,even with 25...
Meter Data Management 2.0Integration across the enterpriseMDM provides not only a single-source systemof record for meter-...
Meter Data Management 2.0Work managementThe ability of the MDM system to identify metersexhibiting abnormal performance en...
Meter Data Management 2.0Outage ManagementWith near-real-time readings coming in from meters,MDM systems quickly identify ...
Meter Data Management 2.0Operational and business networklossesWith readings automatically collected on a regularbasis, in...
Meter Data Management 2.0Load profiling and planningSimilar aggregate comparison can assist utilities inanalyzing the netw...
Meter Data Management 2.0VisualizationAll of these enterprise businesses gain tremendous              The tools described ...
Meter Data Management 2.0ConclusionWith the rich repository of network intelligence possible with MDM, utilities cansqueez...
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The fact that a Meter Data Management (MDM) system is the single, secure repository for the millions of data points collected by an AMI makes it the logical solution for data analytics such as validation, editing and estimation that improve the accuracy of billing information. Yet, as a single-source system of record, the MDM also is the starting point for integration of meter-read data with other enterprise systems to improve real-time efficiency of network operations and business processes.
The MDM with meter modelling components and standardized connectivity can integrate with the utility geodatabase (GIS) and outage management system (OMS) to significantly streamline outage detection and restoration verification.
MDM integrated with the utility supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system or distribution management system (DMS) allows comparison of information at substation/net-stations with aggregated meter data to detect potential theft or network loss during distribution. Similar aggregate comparison helps analyse power quality, identify demand trending and forecast demand. These network analysis capabilities empower accurate asset planning and the utility’s ability to meet demand without adding more capacity.
In all of these enterprise-level functions, MDM integration with the GIS provides valuable visualization that facilitates operator and analyst identification of areas of concern or opportunity.
The real-time network intelligence possible with such a powerful MDM solution can return substantial benefits to several utility operations and business processes — well beyond the initial-level billing accuracy improvement.

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  1. 1. Meter Data Management 2.0New levels of enterprise integration and analytics to improve utility businessoperationJuly 2012Make the most of your energy SM
  2. 2. SummaryExecutive Summary . ................................................................................... p 1Introduction ................................................................................................. p 2Start with data storage and analytics ........................................................... p 4Integration across the enterprise .................................................................. p 5Work Management....................................................................................... p 6Outage Management. .................................................................................. p 7 .Operational and business network losses .................................................... p 8Load profiling and planning........................................................................... p 9Visualization . ............................................................................................... p 10Conclusion................................................................................................... p 11
  3. 3. Leveraging AMI for Outage ManagementExecutive summaryThe fact that a Meter Data Management (MDM) system is the single, securerepository for the millions of data points collected by an AMI makes it the logicalsolution for data analytics such as validation, editing and estimation that improvethe accuracy of billing information. Yet, as a single-source system of record,the MDM also is the starting point for integration of meter-read data with otherenterprise systems to improve real-time efficiency of network operations andbusiness processes.The MDM with meter modeling components and standardized connectivity canintegrate with the utility geodatabase (GIS) and outage management system(OMS) to significantly streamline outage detection and restoration verification.MDM integrated with the utility supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA)system or distribution management system (DMS) allows comparison ofinformation at substation/net-stations with aggregated meter data to detectpotential theft or network loss during distribution. Similar aggregate comparisonhelps analyze power quality, identify demand trending and forecast demand.These network analysis capabilities empower accurate asset planning and theutility’s ability to meet demand without adding more capacity.In all of these enterprise-level functions, MDM integration with the GIS providesvaluable visualization that facilitates operator and analyst identification of areas ofconcern or opportunity.The real-time network intelligence possible with such a powerful MDM solution canreturn substantial benefits to several utility operations and business processes —well beyond the initial-level billing accuracy improvement. White paper | 01
  4. 4. Leveraging AMI for Outage ManagementIntroductionAccording to the “2012 Smart Grid Executive Survey” from Zpryme Researchand Consulting, more than 52 million smart meters will be installed in theUnited States by the end of 2012, signaling an industry-wide expansion ofthe advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). Already, smart meters are feedinghundreds of thousands of readings per day to utilities, providing critical data innear real-time.To enable the utility to cope with the sheer numbers of data points flowing in,and then effectively use this data, every AMI has a Meter Data Management(MDM) system that serves as a central information depot. These powerfulsolutions perform critical Validation, Estimation, and Editing (VEE) functionsbefore sending data on to the utility’s CIS. These VEE functions ensure theaccuracy and timeliness of billing and have been the primary purpose of MDMsystems for some time.However, the data generated by the AMI and processed by the MDM providesa wealth of information that utilities can put to work in real time, beyondaccurate billing. This information provides the entire enterprise, even customersthemselves, insight into energy consumption patterns. Powerful analyticcalculation engines integrated with the MDM system can develop trends andinsights that can be hugely beneficial in future infrastructure or distributionplanning. Yet, often this valuable information is left on the table and not exploitedto improve distribution management and consumer options — and to help theutility move forward toward its Smart Grid goals.In this paper, we discuss how innovative MDM solutions can integrate with utilityenterprise systems to offer a new doorway to better business and operationalimprovements. White paper | 02
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  6. 6. Meter Data Management 2.0 Start with data storage and analyticsConsider the amount of data your AMI generates,even with 250,000 meters, each reading two datavalues (e.g. kw, and kwh) four times an hour: this AMIproduces at least 2 million data values an hour, 48million a day and 17,520 million a year.A core feature to extracting the most value from theAMI is a single, secure database where the millions ofdata points being collected from multiple sources canbe stored and integrated. The MDM data collectionapplication automatically identifies meters, configuresdata points and can measure consumption atdifferent time intervals to support time-based variablerates. It also can collect different reading types, suchas kwh, kw and power quality.With the single database, the MDM system withhighly precise VEE functions can draw from historicaldata to check data integrity; identify missing readings,invalid meter multipliers and meter tampering; andreplace any missing data with accurate estimates.Configurable rules can specify which validations/estimations to apply and how to apply them. Thisflexible framework creates custom validations thatsupport specific workflows.For example, if the system gets a full day’s worth ofdata, and some data points are missing in the middle,it can either interpolate the data, look at consumptiondata for a similar day for that customer, or look ataverage consumption data for this customer type —such as single family apartment — for that day, toreplace the missing data with an accurate estimate.Alternatively, the MDM system can issue automaticre-read requests when missing data cannot beestimated. White paper | 04
  7. 7. Meter Data Management 2.0Integration across the enterpriseMDM provides not only a single-source systemof record for meter-read data, but also a pointof integration of that data with other enterprisesystems; see Figure 1. The MDM system with metermodeling components and standardized connectivitycan integrate with the utility geodatabase (GIS),distribution management system (DMS), supervisorycontrol and data acquisition (SCADA) system andoutage management system (OMS) to supportidentification of network outages, losses, overloading,theft and load forecasts. Visual Displays G G G G Business Gateway: Incoming Data & Queries CIS CIS Business Gateway: Outgoing Notifications Desktop Smart Client Web Thin Client MDM Main Components WMS OMS Data Aggregation Reporting Engine Rate Structures Verification, Estimation Meter Modeling and Editing Distributed Real-time Data Collection… … Real-time Database Smart Connector Collection SCADA/ DMS G G … DA Smart Connector Smart Connector Smart Connector G G GFigure 1. The Telvent Conductor MDM shares AMI data with key business and operationalapplications in real time, to improve efficiency and support decision making across theenterprise. White paper | 05
  8. 8. Meter Data Management 2.0Work managementThe ability of the MDM system to identify metersexhibiting abnormal performance enables the initiationof appropriate action. In the instance when the MDMcannot estimate missing data based on definedparameters or analytics results, as described above,integration with a Work Management System (WMS)can trigger the necessary workflow for the meterinvolved. For example, a work order could be issuedif a meter indicates a roll back status, has an isolatedoutage, has a specific type of firmware or has shownto fail under specific operating conditions (last gasp+outside temperature +spike check). White paper | 06
  9. 9. Meter Data Management 2.0Outage ManagementWith near-real-time readings coming in from meters,MDM systems quickly identify meters that arereturning ‘last gasp’ messages, signaling a potentialpower outage. An OMS with enhanced processingpower and advanced prediction algorithms,integrated with the MDM, will accurately identify theoutage event and rapidly determine the scope.The MDM system also can contribute eventnotifications from non-meter devices higher on thenetwork. The OMS can prioritize those events andrapidly identify related downstream locations — all toimplement faster response and restoration.The MDM system also helps in verifying outagestatus and optimizing restoration efficiency by activelypinging meters to determine their power status. Thiscapability helps the utility prevent over-predictionof outages and identify nested outages duringrestoration, providing specific information to fieldrestoration crews and reducing additional trips intothe field. White paper | 07
  10. 10. Meter Data Management 2.0Operational and business networklossesWith readings automatically collected on a regularbasis, in real time, AMI and MDM implementation also MDM integrated with an Advanced DMS (ADMS) supports operational excellenceeliminates truck rolls into the field for everyday meter through:readings. • ower quality and network analysis — PHowever, those meter technicians also provided a voltage and current information frommonthly field inspection of each meter while collecting strategic nodes helps improve statethe reading, imparting the first line of defense estimation.against meter alteration for theft purposes. Withoutin-person monthly inspections, that defense might • emand-side management — more Dbe greatly reduced. New MDM systems fill this void intelligent data helps the utility grow withoutwith built-in analysis tools that can compare real- adding more capacity.time data to historical trends from the same meter orsimilar customers. This analysis can identify patternsthat suggest theft or tampering, and automaticallygenerate a work report for the revenue departmentand field teams to investigate.In addition, the integration of the MDM system withSCADA or DMS allows aggregate comparisons ofenergy supply and demand load, helping to identifypotential theft or network loss. For example, the MDMsystem can aggregate usage data from all the meterstied to a specific feeder and compare those figures tothe power delivered to that feeder. Aggregated usagefigures that are significantly less can signal the utilityof potential theft or network loss during transmission. White paper | 08
  11. 11. Meter Data Management 2.0Load profiling and planningSimilar aggregate comparison can assist utilities inanalyzing the network and planning for the near andlong term. This capability can be highly valuable forutilities facing the challenges of increasing energydemands and a more complex energy generationdistribution. MDM systems create advanced networkload projections by leveraging the meter-readdatabase to identify demand trending and forecastdemand during key periods, such as peak load orstorm situations.With this information, utilities can manage peakloads and plan for increasing energy demandsmore effectively, reduce the need to add generationcapacity and take advantage of distributed sourcesof renewable energy generation. By integrating MDMsystems with DMS solutions and accurate weatherfeeds, utilities can optimize the performance ofexisting networks and achieve key environmental andbusiness goals.Similar benefits can be seen on a smaller scale,by aggregating the data from individual meters todetermine the load on transformers and higher leveldevices and identifying equipment that should bereplaced in order to optimize asset performance.For example, existing residential infrastructure mightbecome ineffective with the introduction of electricvehicles. MDM can identify for utilities where loaddemand has exceeded rated capacity, allowing theutility to replace the device before a more expensiveand disruptive event, such as a blown transformer,occurs. White paper | 09
  12. 12. Meter Data Management 2.0VisualizationAll of these enterprise businesses gain tremendous The tools described above, available with anvalue through the visualization enabled by the advanced MDM solution, help the utility extract theintegration of the MDM and the GIS database, which true return on investment from AMI implementation,provides a clear display of network information, data providing highly valuable intelligence that enables aand AMI deployment; see Figure 2. During power better understanding of the network and its real-outage situations, this display allows controllers time behavior. As more and more utilities realizeto view the size and scope of the outage. A visual MDM capabilities beyond simple meter-to-cashidentification of geographic areas at high risk for theft functionality, the industry can expect they willcan help the utility manage business loss. integrate MDM across all operational enterprises to help achieve a smarter network grid.Figure 2. The visualization enabled by the integration of the MDM and the GIS databasecan assist controllers by spatially displaying areas of projected concern or opportunity. White paper | 010
  13. 13. Meter Data Management 2.0ConclusionWith the rich repository of network intelligence possible with MDM, utilities cansqueeze every network performance benefit possible from their AMI initiative:• fficiency and cost savings are realized with system interoperability, reduced IT E costs, reduction of peak demand, and optimized forecasting of demand.• ervice reliability increases through a more efficient distribution network, S management of peak loads without additional generation capacity, and improved outage management.• he utility is better able to extend the network with renewable sources and T achieve GHG emissions goals. White paper | 11
  14. 14. ©2012 Schneider Electric. All rights reserved.Schneider Electric USA, Inc. 4701 Royal Vista Circle Fort Collins, CO 80528 Phone: -866-537-1091 1 + (34) 9-17-14-70-02 Fax: 1-970-223-5577 www.schneider-electric.com/us June 2012

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