US utility to connect AMI with Silver Spring tech


Under the advanced metering programme, Silver Spring Networks will deploy its IoT network Gen5 to provide connectivity to over 47,000 smart meters.

Commenting on the development, Chuck Allen, public affairs officer for Grant PUD, said: “As the backbone of power distribution in the US, public power needs technology that is flexible enough to meet its own set of unique challenges.”

The advanced metering programme will modernise Grant PUD’s grid network and help the utility to offer smart grid services to its customers.

The utility will use the IoT network and the smart meters to eliminate customer churn through a two-way communication with its consumers.

Grant PUD claims the smart meters will help deliver “operational savings, improve service reliability and enable greater energy efficiency.”

Craig Lawson, senior vice president for Silver Spring Networks in North America, added: “We see this programme as additional momentum in a recent wave of municipal and public power communities planning to modernise their infrastructure through powerful two-way communications…”

The signing of the contract follows previous deals on AMI rollout between Silver Spring Networks and various US public power and municipal utilities including American Municipal Power, Choptank Electric Cooperative, the Golden Valley Electric Association and City Utilities of Springfield.

Advanced metering programme rollout

During the first quarter of 2017, the solutions provider was also selected by investor-owned electric utility AEP Ohio to deploy its networking solution for the second phase of the utility company’s smart grid programme.

The selection of Silver Spring by AEP Ohio followed the energy provider receiving an approval from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to deploy the second phase of its advanced metering programme.

The rollout will enable improved energy efficiency, increased grid reliability as well as provide better access to information about electric usage for nearly 900,000 AEP customers in Ohio.

The deployment is expected to begin later this year. Read more…


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