ARRA smart grid grant helps BED accelerate MDM


Vermont's municipal utility, Burlington Electric Department (BED) will move forward with Siemens as its meter data management (MDM) platform. The funding for this smart grid project is being funded by the Smart Grid Investment Grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The meter data management system (MDMS) will support BED's current needs for billing consumers from data collected from smart meters, while providing enough flexibility to adjust to the statewide functionality desired by state of Vermont regulators.

BED's smart grid project is being deployed in phases. The next phase will see meter-to-cash and advanced billing functionality, and the ability to improve operational efficiencies through reduced truck rolls and better outage management. At some point, BED will also implement the eMeter EnergyEngage consumer web portal and new energy efficiency programs so its customers have the ability to access their energy usage data and make better decisions about how and when they consume power.

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