The AMI system can be used to control the connectivity of individual customers. This function can be accomplished by controlling a “switch”between the customer load and the distribution supply system. The utility can base connect/disconnect decisions on a variety of criteria. Examples include:
• Routine move-in/move-out.
• Disconnect upon lack of customer payment or via confirmed customer request
• Reconnect upon resumption of payment
• Disconnect upon load greater than customer allowance
Related to this scenario is the possibility of the meter autonomously making the disconnect decision based upon criteria such as a load threshold. This scenario excludes the mechanism used by the utility to trigger the connect/disconnect command or mechanism which control the determination of load set-points.