Alabama utility recognised for efforts in AMI project


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.

GridStream development

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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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.