BURLINGTON, MASS., Sept. 15, 2005 — KEMA is expanding its focus and resources on strategic metering services to help utility clients leverage the value of their existing or planned automatic meter reading (AMR) and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) assets as a platform for long-term sustainability and growth.
Driven by increasing labor costs and regulatory pressures, utilities are expected to continue to turn to AMR/AMI technology as a means to reduce meter reading costs, support innovative tariffs and pricing strategies, and offer demand-side products and services. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 requires electric utilities to offer time-based rate schedules to all customer classes within 18 months of passage. It also asks state regulatory authorities to conduct investigations of demand response and time-based metering. KEMA’s cross-functional teams are assisting a number of utility clients in maximizing their response to address these important issues.
KEMA is also assisting clients in assessing advanced metering strategies and enhancing the financial returns on these assets. The advancements in technology and infrastructure features at lower price points create opportunities for expanded deployment, value-added services and potential new revenue streams. As such, AMR/AMI provides a platform to leverage communications links to customers and utilize real-time demand data for additional operational benefits, such as improved system reliability. The key to achieving these benefits is in understanding how the deployment of AMR/AMI technology can become an enabling asset for the utility.
With its depth of AMR/AMI experience and the fact that it is not aligned with any AMR solution, be it meters or supporting software, KEMA is strategically positioned to provide significant value to clients.
KEMA’s full complement of strategic metering services, includes:
Strategic planning — developing an AMR/AMI business strategy, assessing its financial impacts, and outlining an implementation strategy, including process change management.
System design and deployment strategy — establishing a system architecture and deployment roadmap for advanced metering and related applications, and their integration to the enterprise information system.
Procurement management — defining the requirements for the system, evaluating bids from equipment/systems vendors, and negotiating contracts with selected bidders during the RFP bid process.
Performance enhancement — developing and implementing operational strategies to harvest intended, and incremental, value from existing or planned AMR/AMI systems.