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POWERGRID_INTERNATIONAL Volume 3 Issue 4
Thanks to today`s technology, reading meters is becoming easier, quicker and in many cases, cheaper. Utilities, cooperatives and municipalities have long been interested in improving their meter reading processes and strategies. However, these traditional entities are not the only ones interested in metering technology. Many owners and managers of large residential and commercial buildings, as well as established meter reading companies, are also looking for technology that can be used in submet
As the utility industry moves further into a deregulated and re-regulated environment, new challenges are presented. Not the least of these challenges is maintaining profitability while competitors try to acquire utilities` most lucrative customers. This makes it essential for utilities to know their customers.
Since the 1980s, the buzzword has been "substation automation." In spite of the buzz, implementations to date have been limited. The question is why? Why do utilities put in one or two systems, often pronounce them successful, and then stop or slow down the program? The reason, articulated by the utility or not, is often an unforeseen high level of software maintenance.