Recently we attended the ETS17, Energy Thought Summit in Austin, Texas that was themed Design for Energy. In attendance were many top utility executives and industry to look at solutions for a rapidly changing business model happening within Power Utilities today. Some of the discussions centered around the challenges of and impacts of technology moving faster than the ability to leverage available disruptive technology.
In early February, Awesense visited London, UK to participate in the 8th Smart Energy Europe & The Future Utility Summit. Perhaps not the best time of year to visit London, but we got lucky both with the weather and with some of the conversations we shared. We also had a great time at the awards ceremony.
During the past two decades in many parts of the world, smart meters have been the tool of choice to tackle the problem of non-technical losses often caused by theft of electricity. Despite the installation of over 600 million such devices globally, the value of avoidable losses continues to increase; they still represent between 80 and 100 billion dollars of unrealized revenue annually — and the problem remains largely unresolved.
Dark lager beer tastes good. With a little bit of imagination we can also use beer to illustrate something that few Big Data system vendors want to admit when promoting meter data analytics systems to electricity distribution companies. Big Data is missing a key thing to be successful in the meter data analytics paradigm: data.
An introduction to BC Hydro and Awesense working together to reduce electricity theft. Since 2011, when BC Hydro first began their ambitious province-wide smart meter program, Awesense has been working with the utility, providing technology to help run a proactive revenue recovery program and crack down on power theft.
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