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US utility Piedmont Electric has selected Landis+Gyr to upgrade its advanced metering and grid management infrastructure and technologies.

The utility has deployed Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream Connect IoT network and some 35,000 advanced meters.

The project will see the utility’s existing power line carrier replaced to ensure secure communication with grid-edge devices, optimised load control and advanced distribution automation services.

The new systems will help Piedmont Electric to improve grid reliability, engagement with members and provide customers with flexible billing services, development which would lead to improved customer services.

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Landis+Gyr is also providing the energy provider with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) for system software, including advanced grid analytics that will assist the utility with voltage management, planning and preventative maintenance.

Chuck Lee, manager of energy services at Piedmont Electric, said: “We’re looking forward to expanding our member service offerings, improving outage response and load management across our distribution system.

“We also expect to see an increase in efficiency and our ability to manage power costs, which will directly benefit our members.”

Jay Lasseter, the vice president of sales and marketing at Landis+Gyr, adds: “This project will showcase many of the advantages a modern grid management system provides for both the utility and consumers. Not only does the increased level of data and automation benefit utility operations, but it also provides many more options to consumers looking to manage their energy use and save on electric bills.”

Piedmont Electric Membership Corporation has 32,000 members in parts of Alamance, Caswell, Durham, Granville, Orange and Person counties.