Duke Energy selects communications solution for next phase of smart grid deployment


Todd Arnold,
SVP of Smart Grid
and Customer
Duke Energy
Boston, MA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — September 10, 2009 – Duke Energy has entered into a long term agreement with smart grid communications provider Ambient Corporation to provide communication technologies for the next phase of its smart grid deployment.

The contract calls for Ambient to provide its X-series communications node as the central communications technology to transmit data from residential and commercial smart meters, and other applications back to the utility’s network operations center. This communications node allows for the efficient collection, analysis and management of energy demand through collected usage data to promote more reliable, affordable and environmentally friendly operations.
“Duke is pleased to expand our relationship with Ambient through the execution of this agreement. Ambient’s two-way communication node advances our vision of building a smart grid intelligent network that supports the integration of numerous devices on the grid,” said Todd Arnold, Duke Energy’s SVP of Smart Grid and Customer Systems.
Duke Energy has committed to building smart grid deployments over the next five years throughout its service regions, and recently received regulatory approval for an approximate 700,000 electric smart meter deployment in Ohio. The company also has plans for smart grid initiatives in Indiana, the Carolinas and Kentucky.