Smart meter data provides energy consumption insights

Jemena

Tuesday, 18 August, 2020


Smart meter data provides energy consumption insights

Jemena and Deloitte have collaborated to create a cloud-based application that will help power consumers make better energy decisions.

More than 360,000 residential and business customers across Melbourne’s north-west receive electricity from Jemena. The cloud-based application on Amazon Web Services can deliver valuable insights from smart meter data.

This will enable Jemena to better understand energy consumption habits, which has allowed it to personalise its communications to help support Victorian electricity customers during COVID-19.

Commencing in July 2019, Jemena and Deloitte collaborated to build an application on AWS. They leveraged machine learning services, including Amazon SageMaker, to develop algorithms and machine learning models. These are applied to smart meter data collected by Jemena to uncover commonalities and differences in how its customers consumed electricity.

“We looked at consumption behaviours such as how customers’ energy use changes during the day, peak usage hours and how weather conditions such as extreme heat impact energy use for our residential and small business customers,” said Andrew Davis, Jemena General Manager for Electricity Strategy and Commercial.

These consumption insights helped Jemena identify patterns in energy usage, and in turn provide more relevant communications and advice to their customers such as energy saving tips.

With more people required to work from home during the COVID-19 pandemic to preserve the health and safety of the community, many customers are unaware of the extent of the increase in their energy consumption. Jemena is now leveraging the consumption insights generated by the application to deliver communications via SMS, direct mail and email to tailor support to customers’ individual energy needs, empower them to take more control of their energy usage and avoid the potential for bill shock.

By using AWS services, Jemena has also been able to identify at-risk customers who may not be digitally engaged, to ensure it can change its communications approach to direct mail so they are informed about their energy consumption.

“With years’ worth of smart meter data sitting in our data warehouses, we looked at how to migrate this information to the cloud and use it in an intelligent way to empower our electricity customers at a time that they need it most,” Davis said.

“Using these smart meter insights, we have been able to notify customers with significantly higher monthly consumption via SMS with a link to keep track of their energy usage through Jemena’s online customer platform, the Electricity Outlook Portal. Direct mail letters are sent to customers that have significantly decreased their energy usage with information about bill payment support and a free over-the-phone energy advice service.”

“As we adapt to significant changes in how we live and work this year, many organisations are leveraging technology such as machine learning to respond to customers’ needs and drive product and service innovation,” said Karl Durrance, AWS Director of Enterprise in Australia and New Zealand.

“We are excited to collaborate with our APN Premier Partner, Deloitte, to help Jemena leverage the power of data to create personalised experiences and help Victorians to manage their energy consumption.”

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