Florida utility expands AMI contract with Landis+Gyr


Landis+Gyr has been selected by US utility JEA to help the utility complete rollout of its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project.

JEA signed an agreement with Landis+Gyr for the provision and installation of an additional 250,000 smart meters.

The smart electric meters will be deployed over the next 30 months to help JEA accurately bill customers, improve management of distribution network through access to real-time data regarding the operation of grid assets.

In previous deals, JEA and Landis+Gyr have deployed 850,000 smart electric and water meters.

Landis+Gyr has been managing the AMI infrastructure and GridStream communications network as part of managed services and software-as-a-service agreements.

Kerri Stewart, chief customer officer at JEA, said: “The decision to accelerate our metering deployment is based on our desire to continue improving customer support initiatives, including areas of data analytics and prepayment programmes.”

“The enhanced data and connectivity is also critically important in our ongoing efforts to improve the efficiency and resiliency of our severe storm restoration process during hurricane season. This technology will allow for quicker restoration with better information flowing between JEA and its customers.”

The AMI infrastructure and network can be used to provide consumers with new services such as smart street lighting, distribution automation and consumer engagement technologies.

“JEA and Landis+Gyr have worked together for nearly two decades and we are excited to be a part of new initiatives that deliver enhanced reliability, customer services and safety,” added Tim Weidenbach, senior vice president of sales and customer operations at Landis+Gyr.

“This project highlights the importance of smart grid technology for emerging consumer engagement needs, while encouraging the development of new smart city applications in the future.”