Aclara in the Media

August 5, 2014 – Utility Infrastructure Manangement (UIM)
Finding Your Water Balance

As systems are deployed and new AMI-based data analytics applications evolve, water utilities are now relying on new tools to mine this rich data source to reduce water loss and increase revenues.

July 14, 2014 – WaterWorld
Allan Connolly ACE14 Interview
Angela Godwin, Editor

New Aclara President and CEO provides insights on the future of the water industry.

6/4/2014 – WaterWorld Magazine
From Reactive to Proactive: Big Data Prevents Big Problems in Redmond, Ore.
AMI solution helps city locate non-revenue leaks, improve model accuracy, detect theft or damage, cut revenue loss, and forecast future usage.

Editorial on Redmond, Ore. Water Department

March 21, 2014 – Forbes
Shortages, Leaks Lead More Water Utilities To Consider Smart Meters

Investors beginning to bet on smart metering in water. Mark Leder of Sun Capital partners comments on Aclara's market position.

February 5, 2014 –
What Aclara's new buyer will get (and why utilities should care)

Jesse Berst commentary

August 15, 2013 –
Could smart meters stem $14 billion in annual water losses?

The World Bank has suggested the annual global value of non-revenue water -- water produced and lost by utilities -- is close to $14 billion. Many utilities, including Aclara customer San Francisco, are battling the problem with smart meters.

August 15, 2013 – Remote Site and Equipment Magazine
Rural Michigan Co-Op Reaches the Few and Far Between With Hybrid AMI System
Great Lakes Energy supplements PLC with cellular metering to manage interval data from remote industrial sites and substations

Aclara TWACS system provides a reliable mechanism for reading hourly data from more than 99 percent of all meters system wide. Increased data improves outage management for faster restoration after heavy storms. Larger C&I customers employ Aclara Metrum Cellular to replace dial-up connections.

August 5, 2013 – Water & Wastes Digest
Big Changes in the Big Apple

New York City installed the Aclara advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system to reduce estimated reads, improve billing accuracy, and and encourage conservation.

August 12, 2013 – Water Utility Infrastructure Management
How Advanced Metering Infrastructure Can Save You Money

Most water utilities implement AMI to collect the data necessary to improve billing. Yet, while improved billing alone may provide the basic justification for fixed-network AMI, once a fixed-network AMI system is in place, utilities find that the AMI data collected can be used for much more than billing. What’s more, the network infrastructure of an AMI system supports additional devices that provide even more insight into the water system.

July 17, 2013 – PowerGrid International
Combining Utility Efforts for a Single Smart Grid Platform

The MDMS system had to be developed largely from the ground up in conjunction with Aclara. This is a critical system for tying everything together, including the smart grid platform and existing utility systems. It is the key point for connection to the Web portal. It also will include advanced meter theft analytics.

June 2013 – Utility Horizons Quarterly
Consumer Engagement: The Future Goes Mobile

Aclara Vice-President of Business Development Andy Zetlan discusses the revolutionary developments that mobile applications have on consumer engagement with utilities.

Jan/Feb 2013 – Electric Perspectives
Customer Engagement: an Electric Perspectives Panel

Aclara Vice-President of Business Development Andy Zetlan discusses with other industry experts the revolutionary developments that are driving consumer engagement strategies at utilities.

August 1, 2012 – Power Magazine
Smart Grid Award: Customers Motivate San Diego Gas & Electric's All-Inclusive Smart Grid Vision

“If you build it, they will come” has proven a risky strategy for some smart grid projects. One of California’s largest investor-owned utilities faced the opposite challenge—customers whose behaviors necessitated a smarter grid. Customer involvement in and support for smart grid plans is a major reason SDG&E’s smart grid efforts continue to garner accolades, including the 2012 POWER Smart Grid Award.

July 9, 2012 – Water Online
Water Online Radio: Aclara Zeroes In On Leaks, Wherever They Are

Dave Steidtmann explains how Aclara’s fixed network AMI solution saves water, saves money, and improves customer service.

June 6, 2012 –
21st Century Technology
Innovation Transforms Leak Detection

Aclara's STAR(r) ZoneScan leak detection system is featured in this article, with Product Manager Dean Slejko getting the lead-off quote.

June 2012 – WaterWorld
Get the Most Out of Fixed-Network AMI

Consumer engagement meets leak detection in this article about how Aclara can help water utilities get the most value out of AMI.

June 1, 2012 – Metering International
A Tale of Two Utilities
The cities of Ann Arbor, Michigan and Washington D.C. couldn’t be more different in terms of location, population and ambiance.

The cities of Ann Arbor, Michigan and Washington D.C. couldn’t be more different in terms of location, population and ambiance, but have improved billing and customer service with the STAR Network AMI system.

August 1, 2011 – Power
Smart Grid Award: Vermont Electric Cooperative Takes Wise Approach to Smart Grid Projects

A cooperative in northern Vermont serving a largely rural area has proven that even small utilities can achieve great smart grid results by planning wisely. For improving service to its members by developing a grid modernization strategy before “smart grid” was a buzz phrase, Vermont Electric Cooperative (an Aclara TWACS customer) is the winner of the first POWER Smart Grid Award.

March 8, 2011 – New York Daily News
Computers track New York City water use to the last drop

The STAR® Network provides the data New York City needs to track how much water every customer uses – and inform them when the numbers spike from a possible leak.

March 1, 2011 – Transmission and Distribution World
Customer Engagement Leads to Lower Costs

United Illuminating's online system helps customers understand energy use and make informed usage decisions. The utility implemented specialized software from Aclara to help customers understand energy use, lower their electric bills, accommodate time-of-day rates and reduce call-center volume.

June 13, 2010 –
KC says new water meter program will help customers and the city
The STAR® Network Tracks Water Use and Leaks

After three years, Kansas City is nearing completion a massive project to install automatic water meters, equipped with STAR Network MTUs, to about 165,000 customers. The new meter program will allow a move from 60-day billing to 30-day billing next month and should enable customers to track their daily water use and leaks.

June 8, 2010 – SFGate
High-tech meters to detect leaks faster in S.F.
San Francisco installs Aclara STAR Network AMI system for water.

June 2, 2010 –
MDM Pile-On: Vendors See Huge Opportunities in All that Data

May 7, 2010 – Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology
Several New England technology companies are ramping up specialized services to make energy management simpler for customers.

April 1, 2010 – Strategies AESP Newsletter (Association of Energy Services Professionals)
Empowering customers with AMI data can drive energy efficiency
How we present the data makes a difference.

Karen Flathers, General Manager of Aclara Software Inc., is featured in the April 2010 AESP monthly newsletter, "Strategies." The article, "Empowering customers with AMI data can drive energy efficiency," marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with a look at how AMI is delivering better information to both customers and utilities to improve customer service and utility operations.