Industry 101 Section 7.5 Yogesh Dhaybar

Industry 101 | Smart Meter: Meter Suppliers

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7.5 METER SUPPLIERS

7.5.1 L&G

Landis+Gyr is a “global industry leader in metering solutions for electricity, gas, heating, cooling, and water for energy measurement solutions for utilities. Since 1896, the company has been helping customers overcome operational, regulatory, and consumer-driven challenges by capturing the advantages and benefits of technology. Focused on quality, reliability, and innovation, the group offers a complete portfolio of energy meters and integrated smart metering solutions, enabling utilities and end-users to make better use of scarce resources, save operating costs, and protect the environment by managing energy better – and to build the smart grid.

L&G offers the following Gridstream solutions in addition to numerous products and services:

Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)

Advanced metering goes far beyond the simple reading of a meter. It sends and receives information from every touchpoint on the distribution system – enabling big data for intelligent operation.

Landis+Gyr offerings allow for real-time communication and control of smart meters for electricity, heat, and gas. At the same time, sensing devices and data management software ensure data is available and correct for analysis and billing.

AMI functions include –

  • Measurement and monitoring.
  • Communications network monitoring and management.
  • Command and control.
  • Data collection.
  • Meter data management.
  • Customer connection and tariff management.

Customer Intelligence

In the digital age, utility customers demand more visibility into, insight around, and control over their energy usage. That’s why Landis+Gyr invests in technologies that enable utilities to engage better with their customers and meet end customer needs via software, platforms, and products that help them manage their own energy usage better.

Custom Intelligence functions include:

  • Access to energy usage data.
  • Billing options, prepayment and tariff management.
  • Microgeneration management.
  • Home automation.
  • Consumer engagement programs.

Distribution Intelligence

Distribution Intelligence is about seeing what is happening on the grid and providing utilities with the tools to take action, as needed, to ensure the reliable and efficient delivery of energy in a dynamic environment. In a word, Gridstream will make your distribution system smarter. An increasingly intelligent grid that can model, control, and seamlessly optimize assets is required to manage supply and demand, adjust to two-way power flow from distributed generation, and ensure power quality remains high. Gridstream provides a combination of intelligent sensors, storage, communications and software technologies to get the job done.

Distribution intelligence functions include:

  • Outage and restoration management.
  • Distribution automation.
  • Distributed energy resource management.
  • Distribution grid visualization and optimization.
  • Energy storage.
  • Grid planning, monitoring, and management.
  • Electric vehicle integration.
  • Demand and supply side management.”

7.5.2  ELSTER

Elster is a “leading global provider of gas, electricity, and water meters and related communications, networking, and software solutions.

Elster Group GmbH employs more than 7,000 staff and operates in more than thirty-nine countries. Their diverse portfolio of products and solutions are used to accurately and reliably measure gas, electricity, and water consumption as well as enable energy efficiency and conservation. Elster sells products and solutions to utilities, distributors, and industrial customers across gas, electricity, water, and multi-utility organizations for use in residential, commercial, and industrial settings. Their customers operate in more than 130 countries and include numerous large, medium, and small utilities. Elster meets the expanding needs of utilities by providing advanced metering products and services worldwide. They provide the following electricity solutions in addition to various gas and water metering.

Electricity Solutions

Their solutions bring together an experienced team of people, cutting-edge technologies, and strategic partners to deliver world class products, systems, and services to our utility clients worldwide. The company has two main areas of business – electricity metering products and smart metering and smart grid system solutions. Elster engineers fully interoperable smart electricity metering products through custom-made options for utility customers and award-winning, end-to-end solutions for the smart grid and multi-utility advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems for water, gas and electricity around the world.

Energy Management

Energy management solutions from Elster EnergyICT enable utilities to grow and maintain energy efficiency programs with continuous savings. Their solutions provide with the information, the insight, and the intelligence utilities need to control energy consumption across the entire organization.”

7.5.3 ITRON

Itron is the largest manufacturer of smart meters in the world. It is an “American technology company that offers products and services on energy and water resource management. Its headquarters is in Liberty Lake, Washington, United States. Its products and services include technology solutions related to smart grid, smart gas, and smart water that measure and analyze electricity, gas, and water consumption. Its products include electricity, gas, water, and thermal energy measurement devices and control technology, communications systems, software, and managed and consulting services. Itron has over 8,000 customers in more than 100 countries. Itron offers the following solutions in addition to numerous gas and water metering solutions:

  • Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI)
  • Smart Grid and Distribution Management
  • Meter Data Management
  • Smart Payment
  • Advanced C&I Solutions
  • Electric Meters and Modules”

 

7.5.4 GENERAL ELECTRIC

GE as it is popularly known is one of the biggest global players in the green industry. General Electric, like other industrial conglomerates such as Siemens, Areva, and others are low-risk players in the green investing sector. GE is strong across most of the green sectors today particularly in the area of smart grid and energy efficiency. GE is not that big in the smart meter market, but with its overarching scale it has quickly won a number of contracts.

 

7.5.5 SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC

One of the largest electrical and energy equipment suppliers in the world, Schneider has been one of the most aggressive in mergers and acquisitions. The company provides energy efficiency solutions to residential markets, buildings, industry, infrastructure, and data centers. The company’s range of services and products is quite awesome and provides a holistic solution to its customers. Though not a major player in the smart meter market yet, the company cannot be underestimated in the future.

 

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Here is a list of relevant reading material our expert identified as sources for additional information:

science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/net-metering1.htm
www.ferc.gov/industries/electric/gen-info/qual-fac/what-is.asp
www.landisgyr.com/about/
www.elster.com/en/index
https://www.devex.com/organizations/itron-40115