US investor-owned utility Evergy has extended its partnership with smart grid solutions firm Landis+Gyr as part of efforts to ensure optimal management of the grid and smart metering infrastructure.
The two parties have signed a 13-year contract that extends the smart grid services agreement for Evergy’s Kansas Central and Kansas Central South utility operations.
As part of the deal, Landis+Gyr will expand grid management capabilities for Evergy, as well as manage the utility’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) through 2034.
Landis+Gyr will continue to provide hosting of AMI operating software, field maintenance and monitoring of network equipment. Additionally, Evergy will be installing new advanced meters throughout the term of the agreement to update residential and commercial services in select areas of its service territory.
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Evergy utilities started installing Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream AMI network in 2010 and have since begun a process for updating older meters to meet new data and operational requirements.
Jeff Beasley, vice president of customer operations at Evergy, said: “Smart grid technologies have a growing importance for our grid modernisation efforts as we seek to transform our operations to a focus on clean energy. Not only are these initiatives important for increased efficiency, but they are also crucial to maintain a reliable and resilient grid in the future.”
Prasanna Venkatesan, Landis+Gyr’s executive vice president of the Americas region, adds: “Our long-term relationship with Evergy has always been focused on solving operational challenges with technology and teamwork.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to work with Evergy on new ways to leverage their AMI technology to improve the customer experience and grid management for the next decade.”
Evergy serves approximately 1.6 million customers in Kansas and Missouri.