Presentation on theme: "AMI Integration for Utilities"— Presentation transcript:
1AMI Integration for Utilities Rupendra BhatnagarIndustry Director UtilitiesNovember 2010
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4AMI - The Evolution of Metering Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) is a communication network and meters providing usage information at regular intervals (at least hourly) and collected at least daily. (Source Utilipoint, 2006)CapabilitiesMeasure electricity, record consumption, and meter event information electronicallyRemote connection and disconnectionTamper detectionOutage detectionQuality of supply monitoringDemand limitingCommunications interface to a range of devices likein-property displaydirect load control equipment
5The SAP AMI Lighthouse Council Members Advisory Customer Council for UtilitiesWork Group AMIInformationExchangeProject
6SAP Advisory Customer Council Utilities (ACCU): AMI Workgroup for Deregulated Markets Exchange of information on technology and market trends as well as on strategies for AMI, Smart Grids and SustainabilityComposition and discussion of use casesDefinition and prioritization of common software requirementsEarly customer engagement in the software-development-process (specifications, mock-ups)Timely feedback from SAP on new product developments (system demos)Exchange of information and networkingMDUS Vendors:
7AMI Use Cases –Business Processes And what are these commercial processes? Members of the Lighthouse Council benchmarked the Utility industry and found well defined and very complete use cases while visiting SCE. They used these as a starting point, and then broke them down into sub-cases. To date, there are 18 major uses cases and 99 supporting use cases. The Council then prioritized these use cases and this is the basis for what SAP is calling “AMI extensions” or AMI-enabled business processes within SAP’s utility solution.Source: Southern California Edison
8AMI Use Case Solution Definition Define Sub Use Cases Use Case B1: Perform remote energy & demand readB1.1 AMI Meter/Device completes default schedule read requestB1.2 AMI Meter/Device completes an on-demand readB1.3 Automatically receive non-usage (event) messagesB1.4 Data users successfully retrieve either raw or bill-ready usageB1.5 AMI Head-End manages the meter reading scheduleB1.6 Meter does not communicate remotely during default schedule readB1.7 Field person retrieves data directly from AMI Meter/DeviceB1.8 MDUS reports communication failure to retrieve billing dataB1.9 AMI Meter/Device does not respond to an on-demand readEXAMPLE
9AMI Integration Objectives Predefined integration of the solution to market-leading AMI/MDM systems, such that end-to-end processes can be fully executed, and is based on eSOA principles.Develop and publish a set of ‘open’ enterprise services available to any third-party AMI/MDM vendor wishing to integrate to SAP back- end systems … drive market standardization.The importance of regulated vs unregulated on product design is that regulated environments do not encourage utilities to think longer-term in their investment decisions, rather, capital projects such as AMI are constrained by the need to obtain cost recovery from the regulators. Even if we put the issue of regulation aside, the need (whether mandated or voluntary) to offer alternate pricing structures (over simple TOU which is what was stipulated in the EPACT 2005 decision) is eminent in the near future. A traditional MDM cannot handle these billing processes and still maintain performance requirements with respect to data collection.
10AMI System Landscape NetWeaver Collaboration based on ESOA Services Upload of data to subsequent processesCoordination of installed AMI SystemsMeter Data UnificationAMI systemConcentratorResidential meterControlpanelHome Area Network(HAN)Local AreaNetwork(LAN)Wide Area Network(WAN)Enterprise Management& Business SupportMeter&EnergyData RepositoryMeter & DeviceMaster DataNetWeaverCentralTechnical Processes by AMI Vendor productsCommercial Proc‘sMeter & EnergyData ManagementCRM/CIS DataEAM DataManagementMarketing/Sales(Self) ServiceBilling/InvoicingAccRec/C&CEnterprise AssetService MgmtEnterprise ServiceRepositoryService ProviderDataIntercompanyData ExchangeCollaboration based on ESOA ServicesC & I meterMDUS
14AMI Event Management: Triggering Follow-up Actions for Events Examples for events reported by the AMI InfrastructureMissing meter readingsValidation errorMeter errorMeter change requiredConcentrator errorTamper eventActual meter reading outside of predefined rangeOvervoltage / UndervoltageFollow-up actions triggered by the AMI Event ManagementCreate notificationCreate service orderCreate compatible unit orderCreate customer contactCreate BPEM caseStart workflow, for example to notify a userStart customer specific follow-up actionsAMI Event ManagementEvent messages, that might originate from meters, concentrators or the MDUS system, should result in automatic follow-up actions in the SAP system. These follow-up actions depend on the triggering event type: a meter error might – for example – should result in a service order. Utility companies have to be able to flexibly configure these follow-up actions. Therefore a configurable, performing AMI Event Management is needed, that receives the messages and starts the predefined follow-up actions.The AMI Event Management allows utilities to flexibly define business rules controlling how the SAP system reacts on messages triggered by all types of events. As a result various different types of actions can be triggered. Predefined action types are:• Create notification• Create service order• Create compatible unit order• Create customer contact (and thus a customer interaction record in SAP CRM)• Create a case in Business Process Exception Management BPEM• Start a workflow, for example to notify userBased on these action types utility companies are able to define their own individual actions to trigger follow-up processes. Utilities can also define their own action types if they need to run follow-up processes in other systems. As the AMI Event Management is based on the SAP NetWeaver Business Rules Framework BRFplus that allow customers to define their own rules, actions and action types.BPEM = Business Process Exception Management
16SAP for Utilities AMI Customers (not a full list) hConsumers Energy CompanyEnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AGRRI ENERGY IT TRUSTSingapore Power LtdAllegheny Energy Service Corp.First EnergyLincoln Electric SystemSaskatchewan Power CorporationSP Services LimitedMiddle Tenn Elc Mmbership CorpBluebonnet Electric CooperativeGB Gas Holdings LimitedMRSK Zentra OAODubai Electricity And Water AuthorityFővárosi Vízművek Zrt.