Sulphur Springs Valley Electric partners for smart grid deployment


Landis+Gyr and Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative (SSVEC) have reached a contract agreement for an advanced metering technology upgrade to better manage peak demand and member services.

Based in southeastern Arizona, SSVEC provides electricity to more than 51,000 customers across parts of four counties. The utility will deploy Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream AMI solution, including advanced meters and load control devices for nearly 2,000 irrigation pumps.

Additionally, the RF network will enhance support for the utility’s prepay and interactive member portal, while enabling distribution automation capabilities.

“Our goal is to continue offering new services to our members while improving operations and power costs,” said Creden Huber, chief executive officer at SSVEC. “The increased access to information and field devices will improve management of our more than 4,000 miles of distribution line, while also allowing us to better support existing engagement tools and member programs.”

SSVEC plans to upgrade existing load control equipment with Landis+Gyr’s advanced load management devices and Power Center software. This will provide more timely feedback on operation, easier integration with associated meter assets and scheduling control. The utility will also be positioned to add additional technologies in the future.

Landis+Gyr’s products and services add intelligence to distribution grids, from the grid edge to the control room. With a broad range of IoT solutions and software, the company has helped utilities of all sizes improve efficiency and service delivery.