Burlington Electric Department (BED) has selected Siemens for the sale and implementation of the eMeter EnergyIP meter data management platform. BED and other Vermont utilities worked together with the state of Vermont to secure Smart Grid Investment Grant funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
BED is a municipally owned electric utility that serves about 16,000 residential customers and more than 3,600 commercial customers. The utility was looking for a meter data management system that could support its current needs for billing consumers from data collected from the smart meters, yet at the same time be flexible enough to adjust to the statewide functionality desired by state of Vermont regulators.
BED's smart grid project, like most utilities, has taken a phased approach. The first phase kicked off in mid-2011 with requirements-gathering workshops to help frame the integration work. The second phase will include meter-to-cash functionality, advanced billing functionality and the ability to improve operational efficiencies through reduced truck rolls and better outage management.