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Realizing the Smart Grid of the Future through AMI Technology


Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technology is a vital component within the smart grid of the future. AMI technology provides utilities with a wealth of new information that was not readily available with automated meter reading (AMR) technology or cost effective with today’s distribution automation (DA) systems. AMI technology provides information that can be used to optimize business operations, such as system engineering, maintenance or customer service. AMI systems also provide a ubiquitous communication infrastructure that supports continual monitoringand remote control of power system components and greatly improved visibility and optimal control of the power system. This paper identifies how utilities can utilize the information provided by an AMI communication infrastructure to build and support the smart grid of the future.