Ohio cooperative migrates from one meter read to 3,000 per month

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An electric utility company in the US state of Ohio has migrated from a power line carrier system to an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) to address energy transmission issues as well to improve services to its 11,300 members.

Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative has selected Sensus to deploy an AMI solution and distribution automation capabilities to cut down grid operation and consumer energy costs.

The project is expected to increase the utility’s grid reliability and efficiency in addition to reducing outages.

Andy Wiles, SCADA technician at Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative, said: “With 13,000 meters and 1,800 miles of line to manage, we knew there had to be a way to improve reliability and streamline the process.

“With DA, we can monitor and maintain the voltage at a pre-determined threshold. This can allow us to save money by optimising our costs related to purchasing energy.”

Ryan Goolsby, senior engineer at the utility, added: “We went from getting one meter read per month to 3,000 per month with the Sensus AMI system.

“It instantly removed so much guesswork for our technicians as they monitored and managed meters.”