​Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) has been deployed at over 70% of rural electric cooperatives, and this new data source offers opportunities for valuable applications beyond billing. NRECA has developed open source computer software to perform anomaly detection and dynamic power flow analysis with AMI data for cooperatives. Dynamic power flow analysis is an important area of development because it is able to model the time-varying behavior of emerging distributed energy resources.

Cooperatives have the ability to get more value out of their AMI data by analyzing it for anomalies including faults, damaged meters, or energy theft. Finding these problems quickly can help cooperatives save money and maintain high member satisfaction.