To increase awareness on smart meters on Monday it was announced that a new industry group, the Smart Meter Manufacturers’ Association of America (SMMAA), has been formed.
Smart-Meter makers, Echelon, Elster, GE, Itron, Landis+Gyr and Sensus are the founding members and representatives from each company reside on the board, with a rotation in the presidency. According to SMMAA, meters from these manufacturers represent nearly 100 % of the installed base of electric meters currently deployed in the United States and Canada, and 35 million of which are considered “smart.”
“Because the smart meter is such a foundational component of the evolving intelligent grid, we see the need to better inform industry stakeholders—from regulators and legislators to media and consumers—about smart meters and smart grid benefits,” said SMMAA President, David Elve. “Our group is collaborating on top-of-mind subjects and creating a unified voice with the goal of moving the industry forward through policy. While our companies are competitors for utilities’ smart meter business, in the area of public policy, we stand on common ground in our desire for well-reasoned smart grid regulation and incentives to advance the market.”
SMMAA will focus on the efficacy of data collection devices, and immediate key topics for the group are meter accuracy, the RF (radio frequency) emissions issue and security.