Guelph Hydro Electric Systems selects smart energy platform


Barry Chuddy,
CEO, Guelph
Hydro Inc
Guelph, ON, Canada and Redwood City, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — April 19, 2010 – Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc. has selected Silver Spring Networks’ Smart Energy Platform for its 48,000 customers in the Guelph community.

Implementation of the Smart Energy Platform in 2010 will provide the foundation for enabling two-way communication between customer electricity meters and Guelph Hydro’s back-office systems. This will enable the provision of detailed energy information to customers, enhance network reliability, and improve power outage management.

“It is all about smarter, greener, more environmentally sustainable energy management using sophisticated technology and devices,” said Barry Chuddy, CEO of Guelph Hydro Inc. “As Guelph’s local electricity distributor, we have a responsibility to ensure the infrastructure is in place so our community can take full advantage of widespread deployment of renewable energy sources, incorporate smart home appliances and other devices as they come on the market, and adjust to an influx of plug-in hybrid electric cars. I predict all these advancements will sweep across society at a pace that will surprise us all.”

Silver Spring’s Smart Energy Platform is an open, IP standards-based technology platform that connects smart meters, high efficiency transformers, renewable and traditional power generation sources, and other yet-to-be-invented consumer appliances and devices through a sophisticated energy information monitoring and control system. This system will continuously monitor the status of the smart grid, identify outages and automatically fix them or dispatch crews to restore power faster, and provide useful information to both the utility and the consumer.  

To date, Guelph Hydro has installed more than 5,500 smart meters. The rest of the company’s customers are slated to receive their smart meters sometime between now and the end of the year.