Cooperative utilities: Twenty-four firms adopt communications tech


Twenty-four municipal and cooperative utilities have selected Tantulus as their advanced metering infrastructure and grid modernisation partner.

This partnership will see Tantalus’ wireless utility communications system deployed to provide connectivity to an additional 365,000 electric meters.

The development brings the number of smart grid end points using the network to over two million.

To date, the network enables remote meter reading of over 200,000 water and gas meters.

Over the past two years, 47 municipal and cooperative utilities have commissioned the smart grid communications network to operate applications including distributed energy resources management, grid optimisation, and streetlight monitoring.

More than 150 electric and multi-commodity utilities throughout North America, the Caribbean Basin and Central America have adopted the solution since its launch.

Pavel Molchanov, research analyst at Raymond James, said: “As modern utilities are challenged to compete amid economic and regulatory constraints, smart grid solutions are an important tool to keep operating costs low and customer satisfaction high.

“Even after consolidation in recent years, the smart grid technologies arena remains crowded…”