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Global energy management company, Landis+Gyr this week announced it has begun deploying its grid management solution in Alabama.In a statement, Landis+Gyr said it has signed a contract with US state of Alabama’s electric utility co-operative Baldwin EMC for the installation of a load management system.

The system falls under Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream Customer Intelligence solution providing two-way communication with distribution equipment including load control switches and thermostats.

Under the contract, Baldwin EMC is deploying the system in four residential demand response programmes together with 20,000 devices managing 19MW of load.

The deployment of the load management solution comes after Landis+Gyr completed integrating the system’s operating system PowerCenter with NISC’s Customer Information System.

Landis+Gyr said the “integration synchronises programme enrolment and management of Baldwin EMC's four demand response programmes, while automating device installations and service calls.”

Alan Schott at Baldwin EMC said: "Our Centsible Power demand response programme offers four options for members to receive credit for water heater and HVAC control and provides access to online and mobile applications so they can monitor and control attached equipment and stay engaged".

Schott added: "We are projecting cost savings from the program of more than $22 million over the next decade and all members benefit from these reduced costs."

Clark Pierce, general manager of Landis+Gyr's load management business, said by employing the solution "With the ability to fine tune and verify exact load shedding during peak and the opportunities for consumer engagement, Baldwin can more easily monitor performance and meet efficiency goals."

Baldwin EMC is a member-owned co-operative supplying electric service to more than 70,000 meters throughout Baldwin County and southern Monroe County in southwestern Alabama.

Landis+Gyr's grid management in the US

The deployment of the load management solution follows Landis+Gyr's agreement with power utility Westar Energy to extend its AMI rollout and management contract.

Under the deal reached in early February, Landis+Gyr will supply Westar Energy smart electric meters and supporting infrastructure for deployment in the utility’s service territories not yet covered by the AMI.

Westar has a total of 700,000 electricity consumers.

In a statement, Landis+Gyr said the previous contract covered deployment of GridStream AMI solution within the Wichita, KS region.

The energy management company will continue managing the utility’s network as well as provide data hosting services.

Greg Greenwood, senior vice president, Strategy at Westar Energy, said: “The initial deployment and success of the service agreement with Landis+Gyr made us confident to move ahead.”

Greenwood added: “We’ve been seeing value from day one and plan to expand our use of the network and data for a variety of grid management applications.”

Landis+Gyr said it believes that its AMI solution will support Westar’s existing pre-payment and variable pricing programs, delivery of energy usage information to customers through the internet, and support of outage management and power quality operations.