Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 11, 2013 - Almost 40 percent of households in the United States now have smart meters with over 45.8 million smart meters having been deployed through July 2013, according to the latest annual survey of utility-scale deployments by the IEE, an Institute of the Edison Foundation.

This is up from one-third of households in the previous year with over 9 million smart meters having been deployed since May 2012.

The electric power sector has turned a corner when it comes to smart meters and other smart grid investments, says the report. Electric utilities continue upgrading their customers’ analog electric meters with digital ‘smart’ meters.

Further, the era of pilots is a distant memory. The current focus is now on integrating and optimizing information gathered by smart meters and other investments that form the digital grid to provide maximum benefits to customers.

The report projects that by 2015, smart meters will be deployed to more than half of end-users in 18 states, while in 15 states the deployments will still reach fewer than 15 percent of end-users.

By the end of 2013, 26 utilities are expected to have complete system-wide deployments: Alabama Power (AL), Oklahoma Gas & Electric (AR), Pacific Gas & Electric (CA), Sacramento Municipal Utility District (CA), San Diego Gas & Electric (CA), Southern California Edison (CA), Black Hills Energy Corp (CO), Pepco (DC), Delmarva Power (DE), Gulf Power (FL), Georgia Power (GA), Idaho Power (ID), Bangor Hydro Electric Company (ME), Central Maine Power (ME), NV Energy (NV), Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OK), Idaho Power (OR), Portland General Electric (OR), PPL (PA), Black Hills Power (SD), Austin Energy (TX), CenterPoint Energy (TX), Oncor (TX), Wisconsin Power and Light (WI), Cheyenne Light, Fuel, and Power (WY), and Black Hills Power (WY).