Frequently Asked Questions

How many smart meters are installed in the United States, and who has them?

In 2013, U.S. electric utilities had 51,924,502 advanced (smart) metering infrastructure (AMI) installations.1 About 89% were residential customer installations.

Advanced metering infrastructure includes meters that measure and record electricity usage at a minimum of hourly intervals and that provide the data to both the utility and the utility customer at least once daily. AMI installations range from basic hourly interval meters to real-time meters with built-in two-way communication that is capable of recording and transmitting instantaneous data.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) does not have data on natural gas meters or water meters.

 

Number of AMI installations by sector

Residential

 Commercial

Industrial

 Transportation

Total

46,083,727

5,597,147

242,783

845

51,924,502

1 The most recent annual data that is available at the time of update.

Learn more:

Advanced metering count by technology type

State policies drive growth in smart meter use

Smart grid legislative and regulatory policies and case studies

Data on Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) installations for individual utilities in EIA-861 database files (file: Advanced meters)

Other information on smart meter deploymentsfunded by the Smart Grid Investment Grant program under the American Recovery and Investment Act of 2009

Last Updated: April 3, 2015


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