Idaho Falls Power selects Elster for AMI project


Idaho Falls, ID and Raleigh, NC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — August 30, 2011 – Idaho Falls Power (City of Idaho Falls, Idaho) is to deploy Elster’s EnergyAxis smart grid solution as a key component of its advance metering infrastructure (AMI) project, the company has announced.

The deployment is part of the Department of Energy’s $178 million Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project. The solution will automate smart meter data collection for Idaho Falls Power’s electric customers, enabling faster demand response, improved load control, and voltage conservation. In addition, it is anticipated the utility’s customers will benefit from flexible payment options and increased visibility into energy usage via an online portal in the near future.
“We look forward to realizing the operational efficiencies of a comprehensive smart grid system while enabling our customers to proactively monitor and manage their own electricity consumption,” commented Jackie Flowers, general manager of Idaho Falls Power.

A city-wide wireless communications system to be used as the backhaul system in support of Elster’s AMI data will be provided by Tropos Networks. Primestone will provide a meter data management (MDM) system to perform detailed analysis of energy usage information collected from the AMI endpoints. Tendril will provide smart thermostats, in-home displays and load control switches. Exceleron will provide a prepay/customer web portal, and Thomas & Betts will provide fault circuit indicating sensors.