Benton PUD awards AMI contract


Jim Sanders,
General Manager,
Benton PUD
Kennewick, WA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — September 30, 2008 – Public Utility District No. 1 of Benton County (Benton PUD) has awarded a 15-year definitive agreement to Sensus Metering Systems for the deployment and operation of its FlexNet AMI solution.

Benton officials will deploy the FlexNet advanced two-way RF-based AMI system to approximately 45,000 residential and commercial electric customers between 2008 and 2011.

"We evaluated a host of potential vendors during our rigorous RFP selection process … Field visits to FlexNet installations confirmed the technology solution we require for urban and rural coverage, with the power and flexibility for future advanced applications," says Jim Sanders, general manager for Benton PUD.

The FlexNet solution provides Benton with two-way communications to Sensus iCon electric meters enabling on demand reads, remote connect/disconnect services, outage verification and remote firmware upgrades, among a host of other features. FlexNet also establishes the platform for additional customer service and systems-related Smart Grid benefits in the future.

Benton PUD serves over 45,000 customers in Kennewick, Finley, Benton City, and Prosser, Washington and outlying areas.