Based on 110 in-depth phone interviews with utility project managers, this report provides actionable market data on utility plans, preferences and opinions on AMI, distribution grid management and residential demand response.
In addition to widespread plans for AMI, utilities are investing in a variety of smart grid systems for distribution grid management and the next generation of residential demand response solutions. The Home Area Network is still an emerging concept with the majority of utilities focused on in-home communications through their AMI network. However, a growing number of utilities have aggressive goals for their residential demand response programs with the majority planning dynamic pricing and advanced two-way energy management solutions.
Some utilities such as British Gas, OG&E, San Diego Gas & Electric, and the City of Leesman are planning at least hourly energy consumption updates through Web portals and/or in-home displays as the default for all customers with smart meters. Utilities are also opening up to third party partnerships and collaborating with a range of vendors and consumer oriented service providers.
A few key points include the following:
- Sixty-one percent (61%) offer or are planning to give residential customers access to their energy consumption information, updated at least daily
- 14% are planning energy consumption updates of several times per day or more frequently
- Almost half are installing or planning meter-to-HAN gateways
- ZigBee is preferred by a factor of ten over other HAN technologies
- Forty-four percent (44%) believe that third party alliances are essential or will be an important component of their residential programs after more planning
ON World has researched smart technologies and advanced metering for over a decade and is the first research firm to predict the displacement of AMR by AMI.
110+ phone interviews with project managers with leading IOUs, cooperatives, and municipal/public owned utilities