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CEIC-03-18

"A Current Study of Automatic Meter Reading Solutions via Power Line Communications"

Chong Hock K Goh

Abstract:
It is more expensive to generate electricity during peak hours, yet consumers are not paying the more expensive rate for peak-hour electricity. It will be more economically efficient if consumers pay varying prices, depending on when they use electricity, instead of the current system where an average price rate is used. Hence we need to send real-time pricing to consumers. We look at current Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) solutions via Power Line Communications (PLC). If current AMR technology allows meter readings to be sent via power lines quickly and cheaply, then sending real-time pricing via power lines is feasible. In this study, we consider 3 companies that provide AMR solutions to existing customers, and make a comparison of their AMR technologies.

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