Johnson City selects smart grid technology


Johnson City, TN, U.S.A. and Vancouver, BC, Canada — (METERING.COM) — February 4, 2010 – Johnson City Power Board (JCPB) has selected Tantalus Systems to provide a system-wide smart grid communications network, the company has announced.
The JCPB provides electricity and related services to over 74,000 metered locations in Washington County, along with portions of Sullivan, Greene, and Carter counties in Tennessee, making it the tenth largest public utility within the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) system. Tantalus will provide the JCPB with a full scale, two-way smart metering solution that supports interval and on-demand reads, remote connect/disconnect services, instant outage/restoration alerts, and over-the-air firmware upgrades.
The JCPB selected the Tantalus platform because it is a flexible communication network that can evolve as the utility’s needs expand. Rapid and reliable communication between the utility and every home and business endpoint will enable JCPB to offer variable rate pricing options in compliance with the TVA’s proposed requirements for time-of-use (TOU) billing and load control applications. The system is designed to support a full range of demand response functionality, from tiered pricing to load shedding to in-home signalling.
Deployment of the TUNet network is scheduled to begin in spring 2010 with completion planned for late 2011. JCPB is simultaneously deploying a fiber optic ring to connect the utility’s operations center and its 30 substations, which will also be able to provide economical, high bandwidth backhaul for Tantalus’ Smart Grid applications.
“Our immediate goal is to make ready for the TVA’s proposed transition to time-of-use pricing,” said Homer G’Fellers, Johnson City Power Board’s president and CEO. “Moving forward now with these two projects will provide an extremely robust and capable platform to support data intensive applications. There’s a significant opportunity to enhance service while continuing to provide cost effective power to our customers.”

JCPB is the seventh TVA distributors to deploy Tantalus technology.