Silicon Valley Power selects smart meter solution


John Roukema,
Director of Electric
Utility, SVP
Santa Clara, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — July 30, 2010 – Silicon Valley Power (SVP) has selected Elster Solutions to provide smart meters over the next three years for the SVP Meter Connect program, starting with large business customers in 2011.

Elster will supply its EnergyAxis system, which will allow SVP to read meters remotely without entering private property, pinpoint and respond to power outages, and eventually let customers monitor energy consumption to better control their electricity usage.
“Elster has manufactured reliable measurement devices for over 170 years,” said John Roukema, director of electric utility for SVP. “The technology may be changing for measuring and displaying electricity use, but our commitment to reliable, low cost service remains a constant. The technology is a good fit for our customer base and service requirements.”

SVP plans to begin a careful, phased rollout of SVP Meter Connect, starting first in the business community. Testing will continue this year prior to the initial rollout, and throughout the three-year installation period. In 2012, SVP will begin notifying residential customers of its plans to replace mechanical electric meters with smart meters.
For over a year, SVP has been testing and refining security and performance of the Wi-Fi communications systems that will allow information about energy usage to flow from meters to the utility. Meter reading will be done remotely without SVP personnel entering private property, and the technology provides immediate notification to SVP of outages to facilitate rapid response.

The city-wide Wi-Fi system that supports SVP Meter Connect will also provide residents with expanded free high speed internet access.