Investor-owned electric utility AEP Ohio has selected Silver Spring Networks to deploy a networking solution for the second phase of its smart grid programme.According to a company release, the advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) deployment has received regulatory approval from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO).
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, with pre-deployment activities already underway.
“We’re honored to partner with AEP Ohio on its innovative smart grid initiative,” said Mike Bell, president and CEO, Silver Spring Networks. “AEP Ohio is a recognised industry leader in its modernization of the Midwest’s energy grid and is making critical investments to propel Ohio’s continued economic growth and energy efficient future.”
Silver Spring claims that its platform ensures seamless and system wide connectivity and interoperability, establishing a foundation for multiple ‘Internet of Important Things’ applications that can be deployed atop a common IPv6 network.
[quote] The company goes on to say that utilities that implement the platform can benefit from improved operational efficiency, greater grid reliability, increased energy efficiency, and the ability to empower customers to better manage their energy consumption. Furthermore, the networking platform can be rapidly scaled across a diverse service territory, allowing operators to quickly and economically expand their IoT services and add new solutions on the same, standards-based platform.
Oklahoma Gas and Electric selects Silver Spring
In another deployment, Oklahoma Gas and Electric selected Silver Spring Networks for a smart streetlight programme, connecting and controlling up to 250,000 LED streetlights.
Silver Spring Networks will deploy its IPv6 IoT platform and Streetlight Vision control software to connect and manage up to 250,000 LED street lights within its Oklahoma service territory. Oklahoma Gas and Electric expects the intelligent lighting system to significantly enhance the quality of service and reliability for customers, improve the speed of street light restoration response in the event of outages, and help drive increased system efficiencies and lower energy consumption.[Gartner positions Silver Spring as ‘Visionary’ in Magic Quadrant]