in Up Front
print the content item

FirstEnergy has selected Accenture, a management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, to manage the rollout of approximately 2 million smart meters to customers across FirstEnergy's four Pennsylvania-based utilities: Met-Ed, Penelec, Penn Power and West Penn Power.

The contract signing follows approval from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. Accenture says that FirstEnergy will install more than 2 million smart meters over the next several years, meeting all the functional and business requirements outlined in Act 129 passed by the Pennsylvania legislature in 2008.

Under a multi-year contract, Accenture reports that its Smart Grid Services division will advise FirstEnergy on managing its advanced metering infrastructure program by providing services for program management, business process design, change impact and communications, vendor management, solution architecture, testing, and smart metering network operations.

"Smart metering provides a critical and foundational capability as utilities undertake the journey towards a smarter, more resilient digital grid," comments Jack Azagury, global managing director for Accenture Smart Grid Services. "Our research has shown that utilities are successfully leveraging the data from smart metering solutions through advanced analytics to drive innovative customer propositions, improved reliability and reduced cost of operations."

Hybrid Energy Innovations

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015
Latest Top Stories

Smart Grid Interest Continues To Spread Among U.S. Rural Utilities

A new survey gauges rural smart grid efforts across the country and offers key findings, one of which is that nearly all utilities polled are doing something to modernize their systems.


Global Smart Grid Tech Revenue Slated For Solid Growth

According to a report from Navigant Research, annual revenue for smart grid technologies will reach over $70 billion within the next 10 years.


Utilities Partner With Energy Storage To Harness Renewables

As utilities struggle to incorporate the increased use of intermittent renewable energy resources, such as solar and wind power, onto the grid, the power providers are looking to energy storage.


Smart Meter Fire Probe Points To Sensus Design 'Shortcomings'

There has been more fallout in Saskatchewan: An investigation into SaskPower's halted smart meter program says Sensus Generation 3.3 units "have a tendency to leak" and the utility mishandled the rollout.


Two Years After Superstorm Sandy, Utilities Highlight Grid Efforts

As the U.S. reflects on the monster hurricane that struck in October 2012, utilities note what they have done to help protect against future severe weather.

S&C Electric_id176
edf_id180