Clark Public Utilities awards pilot AMI contract


Vancouver, WA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — January 20, 2009 – The Vancouver, Washington-based Clark Public Utilities has entered into an agreement for a pilot program deploying the Sensus FlexNet wireless smart grid solution. The decision comes after more than a year of rigorous AMI vendor analysis and competitive selection.

Under the agreement Sensus will deploy its two-way fixed RF solution to reach some of the most difficult urban and rural electric and water metering locations across Clark’s 627 square mile service territory. The agreement also permits expansion of the deployment following initial pilot success.

The FlexNet system provides Clark with fixed-base communications to Sensus iCon electric smart meters, which enable on-demand reads, remote connect/disconnect services, outage/restore notification and remote firmware upgrades. In addition, Sensus smart water meters will be deployed, which will provide hourly consumption, leak detection, and conservation applications.

A key attribute of the FlexNet solution that swayed Clark officials is that implementation establishes the AMI platform for additional customer experience and smart grid related benefits in the future, including demand response initiatives that foster energy conservation.

"We carefully evaluated a broad base of AMI industry alternatives," said Michael Harris, Clark’s director of information services. "Our discussions with current FlexNet customers confirmed the single technology solution we require for coverage of our demanding urban and rural territory and for automated electric and water metering, with the power and flexibility for future advanced applications."

Clark Public Utilities is a customer-owned public utility district that provides electric service to more than 182,000 customers throughout Clark County, Washington. The utility also provides water service to about 30,000 homes and businesses.