Seattle City Light selects Landis+Gyr AMI grid solution


In a press statement, Seattle City Light said it will integrate Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream AMI solution that includes a multi-purpose radio frequency network, advanced meters and a meter data management system.

Under the contract, the two will complete installation of communications infrastructure and meter testing by the end of 2016 to allow kick-start of the large scale rollout in mid-2017.

Landis+Gyr also agreed will operate and maintain the advanced metering system infrastructure.

Jim Baggs, Interim General Manager said: “… [the]advanced meters will allow our customers to see how much electricity they are using and what it costs them so they can make informed decisions. It will improve our response to power outages. And it will help the utility be more efficient, which will help to hold down electricity costs for our customers.”

In addition, Landis+Gyr’s advanced grid analytics will allow intelligence in Seattle City Light’s grid including automation of water and gas meters, and streetlights.

“During an extensive request for proposals process, Landis+Gyr demonstrated that they offer the best solution for modernizing City Light’s metering technology,” Baggs added

Prasanna Venkatesan, Executive Vice President, Americas at Landis+Gyr said the network management and grid analytics will help speed the transition to a more intelligent and responsive grid for improved customer engagement, reliability and operational efficiency.

Seattle City Light is US’s 10th largest utility, providing services to more than 750.000 consumers in Seattle.

Since 2005, City Light has been greenhouse gas neutral.

Landis+Gyr AMI solution

[quote]On a global scale, Landis+Gyr’s AMI solution continues to gain wider recognition by various certification labs and utilities.

In mid-December 2015, Landis+Gyr announced that its residential smart meters E330 FOCUS AX and E350 FOCUS AX-SD meters passed UL 2735 tests.

In a company statement, Landis+Gyr said Underwriter Laboratories certification – UL2735 – confirmed the design and testing for safe operation of the company’s advanced residential meters and communication components.

The certified Landis+Gyr electric meters include those with integrated RF communications modules.

The UL 2735 certification is based on UL’s standard for safety for electric utility meters adopted in 2014, which includes requirements for electric shocks, fire, mechanical and RF emissions testing to certify compliance.

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.