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Utility Strategies for Smart Meter Innovation

Who polices the energy efficiency police? Measurement and Verification (M&V) solutions provide some answers, and a new Navigant Research report puts wider related trends in context

Will AMI change measurement and verification (M&V) as it is known?

Navigant’s recent research in this area provides a nuanced answer, saying: “It is possible. But if it does, it will likely be more of an evolutionary change than a revolution.” 

Utility industry stakeholders have been debating whether the proliferation of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), also known as smart meters, will change the way energy efficiency program measurement and verification (M&V) and impact evaluation are conducted.

Many utilities remain unsure about what is possible based on the advancement of analytic techniques and data granularity.

Uncertainty is compounded by the fact that new firms seem to emerge each year, claiming to provide increasingly deep insights into customers’ energy reduction potential (such as appliance-level load disaggregation and building-specific identification and targeting) using little more than consumption data from the utility.

If AMI data is broadly available across all customer sectors, it will enhance the traditional M&V model with respect to quantifying costs and benefits. AMI data could be used to lower M&V costs by reducing the frequency of in-depth evaluations.

The availability of AMI data presents new opportunities for utilities to gain insights into their programs’ performance in real-time to make mid-course corrections. It also presents opportunities for existing M&V vendors and new players to provide value-added services to their utility clients.

This Navigant Research report examines what is realistic with respect to advanced M&V of energy efficiency program impacts using AMI data in the North American utility industry. The study also provides an analysis of the effects that advanced M&V of energy efficiency programs could have on the broader industry and what drivers could change the current and forecast evaluation paradigms. The discussion in this report is primarily applicable to AMI data used for M&V in North American energy efficiency program evaluation, but may apply more to other regions in the future as AMI proliferates.

Key Questions Addressed:

  • What is advanced metering infrastructure (AMI)?
  • How can AMI be used for advanced measurement and verification (M&V)?
  • How does AMI threaten traditional M&V?
  • How can AMI lower M&V costs?
  • What new opportunities does AMI present for advanced M&V?

More information on the new Navigant Research report is available at this link.

 

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