Smart Meter Basics and Benefits

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This presentation was given as part of the April 21, 2010 Northwest Clean Energy Resource Team meeting on Smart Grid Technology in Northwest Minnesota.

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Smart Meter Basics and Benefits

  1. 1. Smart Meter Basics and Benefits
  2. 2. Today’s Topic: With all of the talk about Smart Meters, Smart Grid, Smart Homes, etc. How Come I feel so DUMB?
  3. 3. What I will cover  Smart Meter Basics What makes them “Smart”? What they can do What they can’t do  Why Buy Them? Drivers  Consumer  Government  Public Power and Smart Metering Benefits to our Community Benefits to our Utility  Questions
  4. 4. Smart Meters – Who Invented Them?
  5. 5. Smart Meters What makes a meter Smart? • Solid state • Communications • Electronics under glass • Two-way • Proactive
  6. 6. Smart Meters What can a Smart Meter do? • Provide a standard read • Provide tamper information • Provide an on-demand read • Used with multiple rate options • Net metering • Provide interval data • Provide an outage signal
  7. 7. Smart Meters What can a Smart Meter do? • Allow remote connect/disconnect • Allow pre-pay applications • Be remotely programmed • Communicate with devices inside the home • Communicate with other meters • Demand response & load control • Can be programmed for numerous applications • And more…
  8. 8. Smart Meters What can’t a Smart Meter do? • Nothing, according to most meter companies. • Replace or substitute SCADA • Broadband applications • Play nicely with other smart meters (in most instances)
  9. 9. Smart Meters – Why Buy Them? Primary Drivers: Consumers
  10. 10. Smart Meters – Why Buy Them? Primary Drivers: Government
  11. 11. Smart Meters Community Benefits Increased Customer Service & Satisfaction Faster outage detection and restoration Flexible billing options Better explanation and resolution of high bill complaints Fast and accurate energy information Ability to proactively manage their energy usage
  12. 12. Smart Meters Utility Benefits  Improves Utility Efficiencies On-demand reads from the office – no truck roll Faster resolution of high bill complaints Pro-active outage information Remote monitoring of utility equipment Remote connect/disconnect – no truck roll Leak detection
  13. 13. Smart Meters Utility Benefits  Rate Options Time of Use (TOU) rate options Net metering Pre-pay options  Demand response and control Direct load control  Stay connected to your customers!
  14. 14. Cash Register of the Utility
  15. 15. Cash Register of the Utility
  16. 16. Questions? http://www.oe.energy.gov/SmartGridIntroduction. htm
  17. 17. 123 Second Street West Thief River Falls, MN 56701 218-681-0963 nmpa@mncable.net

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