SaskPower proceeding with advanced metering project


Robert Watson,
President & CEO,
Regina, Canada — (METERING.COM) — August 23, 2010 – As part of an ongoing program to renew and prepare Saskatchewan’s electrical infrastructure for the future, the province’s utility SaskPower is proceeding with the development of an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system.

“With AMI in place, SaskPower will be better positioned to meet our customers’ needs,” said Robert Watson, president and CEO of SaskPower. “We will be able to more effectively track and pinpoint the location of power outages, and then respond more quickly to restore service. As well, SaskPower’s environmental performance will be enhanced, as fewer trips to customer locations will be required and result in a lower carbon footprint.”

SaskPower expects to reduce its fuel use by more than 722,000 litres per year once AMI is implemented, resulting in an annual reduction in carbon emissions of 1,500 tonnes.

Other benefits associated with AMI include:

  • Meters will be read daily and monthly bills will be based on actual, not estimated, usage.
  • Billing questions will be resolved more efficiently through access to more metering information.
  • Tenancy changes will be handled more efficiently and effectively as SaskPower’s customer service representatives will be able to access metering information in near real time.
  • SaskPower customer information will remain secure in the new system, as only encrypted metering information will be transmitted.

As customers get more timely information about their power consumption through their electronic meters, they will also be in a better position to implement energy efficiency tips and programs, offered through SaskPower Eneraction.

SaskPower has estimated that this investment will conservatively generate Ca$463 million (US$441 million) in savings for the company over a 20-year period beginning when implementation is complete. Full scale implementation will take place from 2013 to 2014, with project testing scheduled to begin by early 2012 and completion due by June 2014.