AMI, or smart meters, are a foundational and invaluable technology needed to enable a smarter, flexible, clean, and affordable grid. Specifically, AMI connects a home to the electric grid through a two-way communication system capable of recording and transmitting data between the end user and the utility. As of 2016, there were over 70 million AMI meters installed in the U.S. – a 9.4% increase over 2015, and about 47% of meters overall. The biggest increases in residential smart meters installed were in Illinois (+43%), Alaska (+21%), Kansas and Michigan (+24%), and Oklahoma and Tennessee (+22%).
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