The world of big data and its promised opportunities could not have come soon enough. Utility planners have always needed, but never really had, detailed end-use data to help them understand how various customers contribute to the overall profile. Accurate and robust end-use data can benefit utility activities across the value chain. The information is invaluable for energy efficiency program design and evaluation, demand response planning and evaluation, load forecasting, integrated resource planning, generation resource acquisition, transmission and distribution planning, transformer load management, rates and regulatory policy, marketing, and customer service operations.
The end-use data that is currently available is inadequate and incapable of capturing the customer-to-customer variation inherent in actual end-use energy use. Modelled data provides a useful starting point; however, we believe that only metered data captures the true variability inherent in actual consumption.
Capturing end-use data is complex, often intrusive, and expensive to collect. One challenge is to ensure that data are valid and robust while being cost-effectively collected. A well-designed and leveraged end-use metering strategy is the best vehicle for obtaining representative consumption patterns at an hourly level. It is also important to collect data over a significant time period...
End-Use Data Development
It's time to better understand our customers