Advanced metering project will save millions


Colorado Springs, CO, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — March 11, 2008 – Colorado Springs Utilities, a community-owned utility serving customers in Colorado Springs and the surrounding area, has surpassed 280,000 endpoints deployed in its electric, gas, water, and wastewater advanced metering project that started in 2005. When the roll out is complete in 2010, Colorado Springs Utilities will be using the utility-owned RF mesh network to read over 528,000 electric, gas, and water meters, maintaining its status as the largest combined, four-service advanced metering project in the United States.   

Colorado Springs Utilities anticipates that, when fully deployed, the Cellnet+Hunt system will save the utility over $6 million dollars per year in hard operating cost, not including the operational benefits the utility expects to achieve through the deployment of a fixed network.   

“The work on this project to date has forged a hard won partnership between Colorado Springs Utilities and Cellnet+Hunt,” said Gina McCurley, Colorado Springs Utilities Project Manager. “Cellnet+Hunt has proven itself to be a reliable deployment partner. As we pass the project mid-point, Colorado Springs Utilities is already gaining significant customer value from this project.”

Based on Cellnet+Hunt’s RF mesh communications network, Colorado Springs Utilities’ deployment positions the utility to potentially leverage its installed network communications infrastructure for smart grid and other energy management applications in the future.  

Colorado Springs Utilities recently finished third overall for customer satisfaction among medium sized utilities and sixth in the nation for overall utility residential customer satisfaction in the 2007 JD Powers study. Colorado Springs Utilities also earned high marks in the study for customer service and power quality and reliability, taking second and third nationwide in these areas.