Smart meter deployments slow as questions emerge over cost effectiveness, saturation

Utility Dive: There are tens of millions of smart meters deployed across the United States. While a precise number is difficult to pin down, roughly half of electricity customers have advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) installed. And their prevalence has grown steadily in the last decade, despite debate over the technology's effectiveness.

The devices are foundational to grid modernization efforts, allowing two-way flows of information between the utility and customer. New meters mean utilities can offer dynamic rates and a range of demand management programs, as well as integrate more distributed renewable resources.

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