Concord Municipal Light Plant completes initial trial of edge control node from Echelon


Mark Howell,
Concord, MA and San Jose, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — February 1, 2013 – Concord Municipal Light Plant (CMLP), a municipal utility responsible for electric service to the town of Concord, Massachusetts, has successfully completed a trial of Echelon’s Edge Control Node (ECN) 7000 control node.

The pilot demonstrated valuable applications and set the foundation for CMLP’s continued exploration of additional smart grid functionality such as transformer monitoring, power quality monitoring, and more.

The ECN 7000 series nodes, part of Echelon’s Energy Control Networking Platform, were deployed at strategic locations within the town of Concord. The ECN’s open architecture enabled custom hardware and software expansion to automate the collection of data from legacy non-AMI meters, extending the useful life of these meters while offering a means for back office integration and meter data analysis.

In addition, one node was placed next to a critical distribution transformer, enabling it to also monitor the transformer and provide near realtime measurements of power quality data such as voltage and current at the distribution transformer level. Turning such legacy transformers at key locations into “smart transformers” without forklift replacement offers a cost effective way to track the health of distribution transformers.

“The ECN’s ability to continue to reliably operate and provide valuable information can really help our teams locate faults and minimize time to repair outages, particularly in the case of a disaster such as Hurricane Sandy,” commented Mark Howell, CIO at CMLP and the Town of Concord, Massachusetts.