American Electric Power

In the US, the American Electric Power upgraded its meter data management software to improve its operations and customer services.According to a statement, American Electric Power partnered with Red Clay Consulting to successfully upgrade its meter data management software.

The project included the integration of consumer historical energy usage data and profiles with the new MDM software to help the utility’s four subsidiaries to offer new smart meter enabled services.

The upgrade lasted for six weeks and included the transfer of usage data of approximately 2 million smart meters installed in five states. In total, American Electric Power serves some 5.4 million customers in 11 states in the US.

The upgrade is expected to help AEP to meet strategic goals and line its services with changing utility business models and policy requirements.

Paul Marnell, the managing partner at Red Clay Consulting, commented: “This was an outstanding conversion from LODESTAR to the newest version of Oracle Utilities MDM for American Electric Power. Red Clay and AEP successfully partnered to make this project a success, while supporting all market and settlement requirements for the Texas ERCOT market."

American Electric Power and smart meter rollout

In February, the investor-owned electric utility selected Silver Spring Networks to deploy a networking solution for the second phase of its smart grid programme.

The energy provider said its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) deployment received regulatory approval from the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

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 customers of American Electric Power in Ohio.

“We’re honoured 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. [AEP Ohio provides residential customers with energy management solution].

 

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