Baldwin EMC’s programme, Centsible Power demand response, deployed Landis+Gyr’s GridStream Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) technology for advanced metering and load management.
Commenting on the success of the project, Alan Schott, vice president of financial services at Baldwin EMC said: “The implementation of two-way advanced metering infrastructure has transformed Baldwin EMC operations more than any other project in the co-op’s history.”
[quote] He said in addition to demand response, the project has also allowed a high level of grid management and efficiency savings including a reduction in consumers’ bills, improved assets protection and outage detection through voltage analyses.
The project provides consumers with various energy saving tools including a mobile app for remotely monitoring and adjusting thermostats and appliances.
Rod Litke, CEO of CS Week said the programme was recognized as it “…significantly reduced meter re-reads and time to reconnect meters after payment, proving again how infrastructure investments likewise create tangible utility customer benefits.” [Alabama co-op signs Landis+Gyr for load management system]
The CS Week is an annual educational and customer service conference that serves utility professionals at electric, gas and water/wastewater utilities across North America and around the world.
The recognition follows mid February’s launch of a communications platform capable of connecting multiple grid deployed AMI solutions by Landis+Gyr.
In a statement, Landis+Gyr said the launch of its grid router is a major advancement in adaptability and processing power for the network connecting the Gridstream suite of AMI, Distribution Intelligence and Customer Intelligence solutions.
Landis+Gyr claims the device, which acts as a grid-edge server, directs and processes data to and from multiple head-end systems and smart community networks at once.
The energy management company, which operates in 30 countries, said the grid router utilising the Linux operating system provides high-speed connectivity between automated metering solutions and grid equipments.
Steven Schamber, vice president of AMI Solutions at Landis+Gyr, said: “The new grid router expands GridStream’s grid management by bringing connectivity to other related networks and devices in a way that serves the broader energy management goals of utilities and the communities they serve.”
Landis+Gyr believes the development will allow utilities to implement energy efficiency and increased grid management measures thereby improving grid reliability and efficiency.
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