Western Resources

Report
Future of Smart Metering
Kansas Renewable Energy & Energy
Efficiency Conference
September 26, 2007
Definitions
 Smart Metering
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Integrated collection of devices, networks,
systems, protocols and processes collecting
information on customer electricity usage and
allowing for remote, real-time transactions
between the company and its customers
Reliable and securely communicate the
information to a central location for meter data
storage that can be accessed by the customer and
utility
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History
 Traditional Metering
Manually monthly meter reads
 One-way radio based (RF) systems
 Drive-by/remote reading
 Smart Metering
 Real time or near real time information
 Enabler technology for future requirements
 Pre-requisite for fair and effective demand
response
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Integral to Energy Efficiency Initiatives
 Fully addressable, two-way communications network between the
utility and each of it’s customers’ premises
 Enables load management
– Load control
Enables complex metering (and pricing)
– Time of day
– Real time
 Grid automation
– Automated meter reading
– Outage management and restoration
– Service switch
– Prepayment, load limiting, remote connect/disconnect
– Theft detection
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Benefits
 Energy information services
 Analysis of high bills
 Improve billing accuracy
 Security and privacy
 Improve service quality and
 New diverse customer
reliability
 Faster outage notification and
restoration
 More payment options
 Prepay metering
 Selectable bill dates
 Time Based pricing
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services
 Service switch benefits remote connect/reconnect,
load limiting
 Enabler to energy efficiency
initiatives
 Improve customer
satisfaction
THANK YOU….

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