Course Overview

Automated Meters are electronic measurement devices used by utilities to communicate information for billing customers and operating their electric systems. The combination of the electronic meters with two-way communications technology for information, monitor, and control is commonly referred to as Advanced Metering infrastructure (AMI). 

Previous systems, which utilized one-way communications to collect meter data were referred to as AMR (Automated Meter Reading) Systems. Smart Meters and Smart Meter Systems are being deployed throughout many countries, and utilities are continuing their efforts to improve grid reliability and promote energy efficiency while providing improved services to their customers. 

However, concerns have been raised regarding accuracy, security and integrity of these meters. Smart Meters must meet a number of national standards and comply with state and local codes designed to ensure proper operation, functionality and safety.

Course Objectives

Course focuses on existing and future of automated metering applications and state-of-the-art knowledge of other strategies and associated evaluation tools. This course also introduces the latest industry practices in implementing management strategies to electrical distribution networks from the customer and utility viewpoints. 

The course will cover many of issues such as; Electricity Metering Tariff Structures and Dynamic Pricing, customer reaction to Advanced Metering deployment, Demand side strategies, peak metering schemes, smart grid, Smart Metering Protocols, communication and Standard.

Who Should Attend

Personnel working in all areas of electricity section who wish to understand the various aspects of smart metering and smart grid, Managers, network and distribution engineers, Instrumentation engineers, senior technical staff, Plant designers, plant managers, etc.

Course Content

Module (01) Traditional Metering Technology 

1.1 Definition of Metering Terminology 

1.2 Components of standard electrical metering systems 

1.3 Types of meters and electricity measurements 

1.4 Overview of electrical networks 

1.5 Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) systems

Module (02) Advanced Electrical Metering Infrastructure (AMI) 

2.1 Overview of AMI 

2.2 AMI system architecture 

2.3 AMI market players 

2.4 Typical AMI programme roll-out 

2.5 Benefits of AMI programmes 

2.6 AMI standards and regulations 

2.7 Advanced Electrical Sub-metering Systems  

Module (03) Metering Tariff Structures and Dynamic Pricing using Advanced Metering

3.1 Electricity tariff structures 

3.2 Electricity customer behaviour trials 

3.3 Technology trials and pre-payment systems 

3.4 Dynamic Pricing strategies for AMI 

3.5 Top 10 myths of Dynamic Pricing

Module (04) Customer Reaction to Advanced Metering deployment 

4.1 Smart meter design principals 

4.2 Real time energy displays for Advanced Metering 

4.3 AMI – Customer Concerns and Anxieties 

4.4 Advanced Metering Cyber Security issues

Module (05) Demand Side Management (DSM) Strategies 

5.1 Setting of DSM targets 

5.2 Funding DSM programmes 

5.3 DSM programme execution 

5.4 DSM regulatory incentives 

5.5 Measurement and verification protocols 

5.6 HAN & building automation

Module (06) Winter/Summer Peak Demand Metering Schemes 

6.1 Reasons for peak load reduction 

6.2 Structure of peak load reduction scheme 

6.3 Reliability payments to customers 

6.4 Energy payments to customers 

6.5 Sample power system infrastructure for peak demand metering

Module (07) Smart Electricity Grids 

7.1 What is the smart grid? 

7.2 Switching to smart grid technologies 

7.3 Objectives of smart grid roll-out 

7.4 Smart grid economics 

7.5 Smart grid road maps 

7.6 Challenges to meeting smart grid goals

Module (08) Automated Metering Protocols and Standard 

8.1 Automated Metering Protocols 

8.2 Interoperability with other Standard and protocols; 

8.3 OSGP Information Security and Data Protection 

8.4 Inter-operability 

8.5 Interoperability solutions with different vendors 

8.6 Security issues 

8.7 Conformance Testing

Module (09) Smart Metering Communications and Analysis 

9.1 Smart Metering Communications Technologies 

9.2 Smart grid communication architecture 

9.3 Available standards 

9.4 Energy Services network association

9.5 MDMs Role in Utility

9.6 From Design to Operations

9.7 The Evolution of Smart Grid Data Analytics: MDM and Beyond

9.8 Other IT systems integration scenarios

9.9 Future European Smart Metering Business Systems