VIC Technical presentation and panel discussion - Digital Water Metering; what’s its value?
15 years ago Victoria started to roll out electricity digital (smart) meters. These digital meters have enabled decentralised power generation from solar panels with feed in and feed out tariffs. They have enabled green power and reduced reliance on big dirty base load coal power stations power stations. They have provided real time distributed data which has enabled the electricity operate in real time and work the existing network harder. They enabled customers to understand their demand patterns and identify power wastage. Customers are offered supply packages which are tailored to them that reduce cost and provide incentives for reducing expensive peak power demand. The connection of electric cars to the grid can through the meters become distributed storage for the electricity system further reducing peaks and storing intermittent green power.
The water industry face significant challenges to maintain secure and reliable service provision in the context of climate change, ageing infrastructure, urban growth, irrigation demand and with investment capacity constrained by customer affordability. Traditional urban water, sewer and drainage networks are essentially separate ‘dumb networks’, to operate in a preset mode, requiring manual intervention to change the mode of operation. Networks are also typically lazy civil assets designed for the extreme worst-case events and 99.9% of the time the capacity is under-utilised.
The water industry is proposing to roll out digital meters to customers in the next few years.
Do they have a similar potential to electricity to make water networks more intelligent in operation and enhance the network efficiency, manage risk of network integration, to cater for decentralised systems, to drive water networks to work harder and perform better - and to do so whilst continuing to provide a safe and reliable service to our community? Are digital meters an opportunity to transform ‘dumb’ separate networks into ‘Intelligent Networks’ to cater for the more complex integrated networks required for Cities of the Future.
The session will discuss experience in delivering of digital metering, emerging metering technology and the opportunity of digital metering to deliver customer value.
Tuesday 16 November 2021
$35 YWP Members
$25 Students (current student pass required)
3 Albert Coates Lane
This event is intended to be a face to face event live streamed for a virtual audience, providing a technical discussion and networking opportunities.
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