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Landis+Gyr announced completion of an innovative multi-year grid modernisation project with EPCOR Utilities based in Edmonton, Alberta.In a release, Landis+Gyr said that its network infrastructure and advanced meters are already enabling improvements to billing, customer service and outage management. Voltage data and other indicators also provide support for system troubleshooting and power quality management.

Rob Reimer, director, Metering and Wholesale Energy, Distribution and Transmission at EPCOR, said: "Advanced metering is one of the key first steps in our smart grid plan to improve operational efficiency, resource planning and system reliability.

"By improving billing accuracy and meter functionality along with having regular access to demand, load and voltage data across our system, we are better able to support operations, customer engagement and our energy efficiency goals."

In addition to advanced metering, EPCOR is said to be also looking at ways to leverage the network for communication with intelligent grid devices for applications like fault detection and distribution switching operations.

"Landis+Gyr congratulates EPCOR for this important infrastructure upgrade effort. This project offers another demonstration of our commitment to meeting the technology needs of utilities with future-ready solutions enhancing distribution operations," said Prasanna Venkatesan, executive vice president, Americas Landis+Gyr.

"We look forward to assisting EPCOR as they look to expand the capabilities of their network."

Seattle City Light grid operations

In related news, US public utility Seattle City Light partnered with energy management solutions firm Landis+Gyr to improve grid operations with advanced analytics solution.

The utility serves some 750,000 consumers in Seattle and is integrating Landis+Gyr's Advanced Grid Analytics (AGA) platform with its energy distribution system.

In a press statement, the solutions provider claims that its AGA system will help Seattle City Lights gather big data from smart meters, grid sensors and GIS, process and translate it into information for use in improving daily real-time operation and management of grid system.

The project is divided into two phases through to 2018 and is expected to help the utility improve its services by optimising load and voltage management, reduce technical and non-technical losses and avoid the occurrence and duration of power outages. Read more...