A Middle East utility has set out to develop a strategy and plan for Advanced Metering Infrastructure for water and electricity to support its target to become a role model in energy safety and efficiency in the region. It had a previous implementation with less than satisfactory results, so innogy International Middle East reviewed and assess the previous roll-out and consider its future options for a more successful, large scale implementation.
With the help of technical experts, the current advanced meter infrastructure (AMI) was assessed and mirrored against world class benchmarks as a starting point, thereby establishing the current state and setting the basis for a new AMI system and strategy. As a result, a new AMI vision, including four core objectives, was developed.
Furthermore, during the project, some key success factors were identified for an effective future implementation. One of the factors was close alignment with adjacent initiatives, projects, and processes, since many of them were being directly affected by AMI. Also, the aim was to establish a central AMI Initiative Unit (AIU) and anchor it within the organizational structure of the firm. Finally, special focus was given to high volume customers to quickly achieve savings by eliminating high loss areas, especially water.
A financial analysis was also carried to show positive ROI for the utility in the fields of grid and network operations and could result in roughly 2 bn AED per annum in revenue. Furthermore, high value benefits were identified for the city’s economy by delivering information to customers to improve services and influence people’s behavior in the long run.