U.S. Actively Deploys Smart Metering Power Prepayment System

[China Instrument Network Instrument Market] With the popularity of smart meters, pre-paid systems have gradually gained the favor of everyone. Today, Xiao Bian will take everyone to look at the US water, electricity meter promotion plan and the prevalence of electricity prepaid systems.

U.S. power and water meter deployment plans Knoxville City Utilities plans to spend US$54 million to deploy AMIs

Knoxville Municipal Utilities Commission (KUB) plans to deploy automatic meter reading system (AMI) projects in eastern Tennessee to improve its customer service.

The service provider said this week that the project is scheduled to begin in July 2016 and is expected to cost US$54 million to install 400,000 smart meters by 2020. The new metering system will enable KUB to effectively manage water, gas and electricity networks. For example, in the event of an unexpected situation, the smart meter system will automatically notify and help KUB quickly handle power failures. The automatic meter reading system project can also reduce losses caused by the theft and leakage of tap water, natural gas and electricity, and increase KUB's revenue. 40w users in Knoxville and surrounding counties can enjoy the service while allowing them to withdraw from the plan.

Intelligent water meter project deployment plan in Berea, Ohio, USA In Berea, Ohio, USA, in order to deploy a smart water meter project, a partnership was established with measurement solution company Badger Meter and measurement company NECO. With this strategic cooperation, Berea will install approximately 4,000 Badger Meter water meters with the help of NECO, and reduce water loss in the pipeline network through accurate water metering and leak detection. After installing the new system, the city’s water department can perform day-to-day remote table-reading work on a daily basis, while existing systems in the urban area can only be checked on a quarterly basis.

Cyril Kleem, the mayor of Berea, apparently strongly supported the project and said: “Some of the city's water meters have a history of 50 years and it is time for them to change. And for the water sector, this is more efficient. ”

Smart Meter Network At the same time, Utilities, Aclara, a global provider of intelligent infrastructure technology, signed a contract with Missouri Water Service to cooperate with Missouri Water Affairs' AMI promotion project. Aclara will provide Missouri Water with a network to collect and process meter data. The technology name is Synergize STAR, and the application of this technology can help Missouri Water improve its services for approximately 340,000 users in St. Louis County.

A few days ago, Xiao Bian participated in a delegation of “Global Meters” to hold discussions with Hangzhou Water and related personnel in five urban areas under its jurisdiction. A representative from the tour asked whether the third party service company would manage the water meter and water meter data. In order to collect a certain service fee, Hangzhou Water's engineers raised his concerns. Indeed, entrusting hundreds of thousands of users with water meter management and data information processing to third-party management models has great uncertainty in terms of user privacy security and regulatory impartiality. In terms of research and development flexibility, application solutions providers that have hundreds of flowers have their own unique advantages. How to achieve a reasonable connection between the two parties? Aclara’s approach to providing an online platform for waters in Missouri, USA, may be the primary mode of cooperation between the two parties. The future development of the world is interconnected, and those excellent solutions will eventually play its role. In this process, the public utilities and third-party companies have a long way to go.

U.S. affluent people preferred prepayment methods A management consultancy called Distributed Energy Finance Corporation (DEFG) found that the US’s affluent interest in energy prepayments is rising.

The company recently conducted a survey to measure the relative wealth of Americans' interest in prepaid services. In order to collect data, DEFG and the Prepaid Energy Working Group surveyed 500 individuals with a minimum annual income of 50,000 U.S. dollars. By. According to the survey results, the company found that the interest in pre-paid energy for this class rose from 11% to 28%, an increase of 17% over last year.

Of the surveyed users, 69% were interested in using the power prepayment function to reduce energy use and costs. In addition, 79% of people are interested in learning how to reduce consumption and carbon emissions through this service and achieve a positive impact on the environment. This study denies the fact that the prepaid function serves only low-income users.

Jamie Wimberly, CEO of DEFG LLC, said: "For high-income Americans, managing assets remotely is easier and more convenient. For example, for the management of vacation homes or rental businesses, it is similar to managing students at school, than managing any other. Groups are easier. Also, like prepaid Starbucks Cards, affluent consumers are quickly turning to cashless trading."

The electricity prepaid service planning survey follows the white paper “The Costs and Benefits of Prepaid Energy Services” published by DEFG, which provides a framework and foundation for stakeholders in the introduction and approval of prepaid electricity business. The report analyzes the cost of electricity pre-paid, including the start-up and support of the program, and the impact of the service on consumers and providers. According to the white paper, the main challenge for utilities facing pre-paid services for electricity is how internal services are embedded in traditional regulatory models. The plan must determine the costs of the responsible party, because the distribution of costs involved in the promotion process and the distribution of benefits may be very complicated.

Not only in the United States, but also in many countries, pre-paid systems have been introduced. Users can purchase electricity and electricity in a planned manner according to their own actual needs. They will not have to pay late fees due to arrears and increase unnecessary expenses. Innovative payment models such as WeChat and Alipay have also become more popular among users and have improved the user experience. At the same time, for power companies, the prepayment method can reduce the return cycle of funds, reduce delays in electricity bills, and reduce the workload of meter reading personnel. In the future, there are still many markets and opportunities that need to be developed in the two-way interaction.

(Original title: U.S. electricity, water meter deployment plan, and electricity prepayment business plan)

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