Washington, D.C., June 13, 2011 – The Smart Meter Manufacturers’ Association of America announced its formation today. SMMAA, composed of American meter manufacturers, is a nonprofit organization with a focus on smart meter advocacy and education.
The association will promote thought leadership and improve awareness in relation to smart meter standards, implementation, legislation, manufacturing and other relevant subjects. Echelon, Elster, GE, Itron, Landis+Gyr and Sensus are the founding members and representatives from each company reside on the board, with a rotation in the presidency.
“Because the smart meter is such a foundational component of the evolving intelligent grid, we see the need to better inform industry stakeholders–from regulators and legislators to media and consumers–about smart meters and smart grid benefits,” said SMMAA President David Elve. “Our group is collaborating on top-of-mind subjects and creating a unified voice with the goal of moving the industry forward through policy. While our companies are competitors for utilities’ smart meter business, in the area of public policy, we stand on common ground in our desire for well-reasoned smart grid regulation and incentives to advance the market.”
SMMAA member companies compete in the smart meter market. Meters from these manufacturers represent nearly 100 percent of the installed base of electric meters currently deployed in the U.S. and Canada, and 35 million of which are considered smart. The group intends to offer information and insight on pressing utility industry and government policy issues based on their collective experience and knowledge.
As such, the association applauded the Obama administration’s release of its long-awaited Smart Grid Policy Framework at an event at the White House.
“The Administration’s actions today enable investment and innovation in smart grid technologies, while empowering consumers with access to their energy usage information. We view this as a positive step forward in modernizing the nation’s energy infrastructure,” said Elve.
SMMAA is a consensus-based advocacy group consisting of smart meter manufacturers. Our purpose is to educate legislators, regulators, media and other stakeholders about the benefits of smart meters and to advocate for federal and state policies that support their deployment within an overall utility smart grid program.