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Smart Meters and SDG&E’s

Vision

Ted Reguly

Director, Smart Meter Program

San Diego Gas and Electric

May 9, 2007

Metering America

© 2007 San Diego Gas & Electric Company. All copyright and trademark rights reserved.


SDG&E’s Vision of the Future

• Fundamental premises

• Build a system supporting both SDG&E and State’s

requirements for reliable electric energy

• Inform our customers on consequences of consuming

energy at peak usage periods

• Work with customers to manage their electric load

• Anticipate technology changes and adopt to them when it

makes sense

• Operate our business efficiently and reliably


SDG&E’s Vision of the Future cont.

• Three primary technologies

• Meter technology both monitors electric consumption and

communicates with consumer; gas modules tie in to

system

• Two-way communication infrastructure between SDG&E

and all individual electric meters and gas modules

• Software that collects meter data and integrates with other

utility applications

• “Smart Grid”

• As technologies advance we envision Smart Metering as

an enabler for our smart grid roadmap

• Distributed generation (DG), self-healing network, etc.


Vision: Meter/Modules/Enabling Technology

• Meter and meter communication system

• Gateway between the utility and the consumer.

• Remote disconnect.

• View meter communication system as access to the

consumer’s programmable communicating thermostat (PCT)

and other enabling technology.

• PCT functions

• Utility controls load by communicating with PCT

• Grid reliability demand-response (DR) program

• For economics or calls a price responsive DR program

• Two-way communication customer confirms DR event, but

A/C was not on

• Notification PCT no longer receiving/responding to

communication network


Vision: Meters cont.

• Meter must support remote firmware

upgrades

• Ability to add new features such as power quality, new

markets, distribution system asset optimization, pre-pay

• New customer services, medical alerts, home security,

etc.

• Meter also network sensor

• Meter should be capable of not only recognize net

metering, but also participate in distributed generation


Vision: Communications

• Designed for two-way information flow

• New services could be added

• Require high-speed communications

• Home area network (HAN)

• Open industry standards, non-proprietary, inter-operability

• Working with the other CA IOU’s as directed by the CPUC

• Secure means of sending information between SDG&E

and end points (tolerant of attacks)

• Communications infrastructure supports our

long-term vision to collect:

• Power quality information

• New sensor data for smart grid, building automation designs

• Grid state (monitoring, automation)


Vision: Optional Communications Requirements

• Smart Meters also support future technology upgrades and

process improvements to enhance the capabilities of Electric

Operations, Gas Operations, back-office field and mapping

support, and Customer Care, etc.

• Implementing smart enterprise-wide technology and process

improvements that make our operations more efficient

• This would support plans for micro-grid communication and

control, autonomous, self-healing systems

• Other potential benefits: intelligent alarming, electronic maps,

remote SCADA-based controls, restoration switching

analysis, planned switching, etc.


Vision: Software (Application)

• Ability to leverage outage management

systems to detect outages

• Ultimately enable transmission and

distribution (T&D) operations to sense and

review information from many data sources

• Either aggregation or as finely detailed as necessary

• Communicate with consumer whereby

system designed to add new functionality

as customers require

• Provide DR and energy efficiency information to

consumer via PCT, in-home display, other enabling

technology

• May offer consumer centralized energy management

system or allow use of information to manage own

system


Smart Meters are Foundational

FUTURE

The

Smart

Home

Intelligent

Appliances

Self-heal;

Self-sense

Vision for the

future is to optimize

use of technology to

improve service to

customers and

operational

efficiency

Real-time

Analytics

Central

Automated

Operations

Intelligent

Dispatch

TODAY

Smart Meters


Vision: Customer, Customer, Customer

• SDG&E is committed to exceptional customer experience

• Smart Meter success hinges on customers embracing the

data it provides

• Need to make it simple/easy

• Focus on Smart Meter customer benefits

• Enhanced customer service

• Improved outage management

• Greater control over energy usage/bills

• Reduced need to access property

• Looking at services/products can we develop that provide an

exceptional customer experience with Smart Meters

• Potential offerings: proactive notification, personal rate options

analysis

• Customer initiatives

• Interaction channels, office of the future, virtual enterprise

• EE/DR

• Innovative rate programs

• Peak Time Rebate

• Enabling technology

• Education


Next Steps

• CPUC approved April 12, 2007

• Achieves Demand Response

• California Energy Commission goals

• Full deployment

• Technology and Installation RFP May 10th

• Select technology Q4 2007

• Meter rollout 2008 – 2011

• Continue monitoring market place


For any additional information,

please contact the

SDG&E Smart Meter Program Office at

SmartMeterPO@SempraUtilities.com

Or visit us at www.sdge.com/smartmeter

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