In the Caribbean, the Barbados Light and Power Company (BLPC) partnered with energy management firm Landis+Gyr to deploy a smart grid project. Under the project, Landis+Gyr will integrate its automated metering infrastructure technology, Gridstream, into utility’s network.
The utility firm will also use energy management firm’s meter data management solution for real time monitoring and operation of E350 FOCUS AX-SD and E650 S4x polyphase advanced meters to be installed.
Charles Harris, senior manager of business solutions at BPCL, said: “We hope to gain a number of operational and customer service advantages with advanced metering and the tools to effectively use the metering data.
“We see this technology as the key to reaching our goals for improving efficiency, power quality and reliability.“
The project falls under utility’s plans to improve revenue collection and outage response through real time smart grid management.
[quote] BPLC will use the project as a foundation to ensure it increases its integration of renewable energy sources onto grid to reduce its carbon footprint.
The power company serving 125,000 customers on Barbados island plans to generate 100% of its electricity from clean energy sources by 2045.
Harris added: “A growing challenge for us is integrating intermittent renewables and balancing load to reduce generation costs.
“An advanced metering network is a first step to being better able to balance these energy sources, while being able to respond to changes in peak demand.”
Smart grid management
The news follows mid-September's announcement by US utility company CenterPoint Energy that it selected energy management firm Landis+Gyr to improve management of its power distribution assets.
The utility company will be equipped with the Switzerland based firm's Advanced Grid Analytics solution to manage and control the performance of its transformers.
The system will allow the utility firm to trace and manage power load on its transformers. CenterPoint said it believes the solution will help it improve service to its 2.3 million customers. [Itron and Landis+Gyr enhance smart meter connectivity].
John Toubassi, Director of Advanced Metering Systems at CenterPoint, commented: “Enhancing data analytics related to our distribution transformers not only increases our efficiency, but also provides proactive asset management strategies.”
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