Evaluating the benefits of AMR


The City of Seattle, Washington has engaged Plexus Research, Inc. to help it select meter reading technology and develop a comprehensive business analysis of its performance. 

The South Lake Union and Denny Triangle areas (SLU/DT) near downtown Seattle are undergoing extensive redevelopment with new residential, commercial and light industrial facilities. Seattle’s public utilities will install up to 20,000 new electricity and water services. The City’s meter reading staff is already working at maximum capacity, so this affords a superb opportunity to install and evaluate advanced metering and automated meter reading (AMR) technologies. New AMR systems can cost less than manual meter reading, enable better customer service, and support more efficient management of electric and water distribution.

Seattle City Light is a progressive, publicly-owned electricity utility serving approximately 385,000 customers, while Seattle Public Utilities serves over 1.3 million water customers. The two municipal utilities of Seattle are collaborating in this AMR acquisition for SLU/DT.

A competitive solicitation for procurement of up to 2,000 AMR-equipped water and electricity meters will be released to qualified suppliers in mid 2005. The meters will be integrated immediately into the mainstream operations of Seattle’s utilities. Plexus Research will support Seattle in conducting a detailed business analysis of the costs and benefits of the AMR.