The Colorado Public Utilities Commission approved the rollout of an AMI project and associated components of an advanced communications network.Writing for the Gazette, Joey Bunch of Canadianpolitics.com, said: "Colorado's power grid is about to get a big, modern boost, and customers should be able to save some money on electricity while better accommodating their electric vehicles and smart appliances."
The advanced meter infrastructure system (AMI) will afford customers more information and visibility over where they are using electricity to help them save power.
"Today the PUC put Colorado on a path to creating a 21st century electric grid," Erin Overturf, the chief energy counsel for Western Resource Advocates, a Boulder-based conservation policy centre.
"Advanced electric meters will empower Coloradans to control and manage their energy use, saving money and reducing waste. Other grid improvements will reduce customers' energy consumption by approximately 2 percent, avoiding over 300,000 tons of harmful carbon pollution each year."
The meters will be distributed between 2019 and 2024.
Colorado utility coop commissions new SCADA system
In related news, Colorado's Yampa Valley Electric Association partnered with advanced distribution system firm Survalent Technology for improved grid management.
Yampa Valley Electric Association integrated Survalent Technology’s SCADA system to enhance its grid data acquisition and processing for real time network management.
In addition to the SCADA system, the utility also acquired the firm’s outage management system (OMS) and distribution management software (DMS) for deployment in future.
The electric cooperative and Survalent Technology plan to integrate the OMS and the DMS with the SCADA system to come up with a single advanced distribution management system in future. [Survalent completes OMS deployment in Canadian city]
Commenting on the development, Jason Hall, engineering supervisor at YVEA, said: “Survalent has figured out the difficult and time consuming tasks for small companies and automated them, at a very reasonable cost. We toured other coops and utilities across Colorado and found a number of companies that agreed.” Read more...
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