City of Duncan implements smart metering network


Gene Brown,
City of Duncan
Duncan, OK and Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — June 17, 2010

The City of Duncan, Okla. is installing a smart metering network that will allow the municipality to automatically collect electricity and water usage data from residents and local businesses.

The deployment, which is being implemented by Honeywell, is part of a broader energy efficiency and public safety program funded by a 15-year, $14.2 million energy savings performance contract and backed in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The program will help the city improve meter accuracy, reduce its energy and operating costs, and enhance public safety services.

Honeywell expects to install the smart meter network and complete the upgrades by the end of 2010. Through the program, the city is expected to decrease electricity consumption by 2.2 million kWh per year and to cut annual carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 1,600 tonnes.

“We’re adding the infrastructure that’s going to allow our city to improve efficiency and reduce spending across several departments,” said City of Duncan Mayor Gene Brown. “The smart metering system in particular will help us better manage our municipal utilities, and ensure that the citizens of Duncan are billed accurately and fairly.”

The city will pay for the entire program through the energy and operational savings, and improved revenue generation the smart meter system and infrastructure upgrades produce. Honeywell guarantees approximately $1.7 million in savings per year as part of the performance contract so the work will not increase city operating budgets or require additional taxpayer dollars. Duncan will use more than $2 million in ARRA stimulus grants through the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality and an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to help fund the program at the outset.

Honeywell will replace existing utility meters across the city with more than 9,000 electric meters and 12,000 water meters from Elster Integrated Solutions. The new meters will be connected via a Tropos wireless mesh network that builds on the city’s existing broadband service to nearly 700 collectors located throughout the city, which will then transmit the data to the utility systems.
In addition to the utility improvements, Honeywell will implement energy conservation measures at several city facilities and public areas. These include upgrading heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) equipment and building controls at various buildings, installing energy efficient induction fixtures on street lights and LED traffic signals, and adding variable frequency drives at the city’s waste water treatment facility to reduce energy consumption and costs.
The city will also use the wireless network for police, fire and utility applications, including remote connectivity for officers and closed circuit security cameras for high traffic public areas. These upgrades will allow law enforcement personnel to access programs, files and information from anywhere in the city. Utility employees also will have mobile access to the network.