PPL Electric Utilities goes live with large-scale hourly MDM system


PPL Electric Utilities (PPL) has gone ‘live’ with Nexus Energy’s Meter Data Management System (MDMS), thereby becoming the first utility in the US to obtain hourly usage data from its entire customer base – nearly 1.4 million homes and businesses.

PPL’s MDMS provides data validation, process management, storage, and analysis of hourly meter readings, which are sent over power lines from the customers’ meters, primarily utilising TWACS® by DCSI meter communications technology. With successful live operation of the Nexus MDMS™, PPL has what is believed to be the largest opertional system in North America in terms of hourly read data volume.

The Nexus MDMS is the centralised storage and control system for data operations for the hourly meter reads and provides the platform for integrated applications for enhanced revenue protection, complex billing, forecasting, distribution management, load research, settlement, and customer energy management services, which will be rolled out over the next several months.