The number of new metering and measurement technologies and manufacturers entering the U.S. market right now is unprecedented.
It’s tough for utilities to keep track of all the changes while still performing its normal functions. It's even more difficult to set aside the resources needed to thoroughly vet these newer technologies and make sure they deliver the performance needed to help the utility achieve its meter asset management and customer service delivery objectives.
Veolia’s Ken Molli has identified a basic roadmap to help get such an important process more formalized and structured.
Metering Solutions Today
Ken Molli is Director of Metering Initiatives for Veolia Resource Optimization (VRO), which collaborates with utility and industrial customers to identify and implement improvement programs that enhance revenue streams, business operations and similar areas of customer service.
One of Ken’s specialties is teaming with utilities to deliver revenue improvements at the metering level, addressing their accuracy and maintenance, and selecting the measurement technologies that best fit their needs and those of their customers.
Ken has more than 35 years of water utility management and consulting experience, recently participating in optimization projects for New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).
Where They’re Going
As part of the American Water Works Association’s 2017 annual conference (ACE17) held in Philadelphia, PA, June 12-14, Ken will be participating in the “Smart Water Management in Medium and Large Utilities” learning session on Tuesday, June 13. The presentation looks at the importance of:
- Utilities understanding the strengths and weaknesses of their existing meter population in serving its customer base;
- Establishing and setting aside the resources to conduct a comprehensive, structured and ongoing research program to assess new measurement technologies that are available to address the changing needs of the utility and the customers they serve;
- Suggested steps for conducting a thorough measurement technology assessment; and
- How to integrate new technologies into their existing meter portfolio.
Ken’s session takes place from 1:30 to 4:30 PM. At 2 PM, Ken presents the process that LADWP and Veolia co-developed to stay current on new meter measuring technologies entering the market.