US municipal utility embarks on grid modernisation


In a statement, Leidos said it will manage the utility’s smart grid programme which includes the provision and installation of an advanced metering infrastructure, meter data management, customer support portals and advanced grid and business analytics.

The energy technology firm will provide Lansing Board of Water and Light with its ‘Smart Grid Select’ solution which is a suite of smart grid technologies, products and services.

The Smart Grid Select solution leverages information from electric and water metering technologies developed by Elster, Mueller Systems and Corix Utility Services, says Leidos.

The Lansing Board of Water and Light is deploying the programme to improve its electric and streetlight services to some 95,000 consumers.

The smart grid will equip Michigan’s largest municipal-owned electric utility with real time grid operation and consumer usage data to improve management of energy transmission and distribution systems.

The project will help the utility to reduce the occurrence and duration of power outages and allow the drafting and implementation of Time-of-Use energy tariffs to meet peak demand and to help consumers manage their energy usage.

Jim Baxter, senior vice president for Leidos’ energy and systems solutions business, commented: “…We will provide Lansing with future-ready solutions that will optimise their smart grid approach.

“We want to ensure the best value and solution for Lansing’s rate payers while reducing risk and lowering costs for the utility.”

Smart grid programme and grid modernisation

In related news, in the first quarter of 2017, the Lansing Board of Water & Light kick-started a grid modernization initiative in which the energy provider integrated with its energy network an advanced distribution management system (ADMS).

According to a statement, the ADMS combines the functionalities of outage management (OMS), distribution management (DMS), energy management (EMS) and supervisory control (SCADA) systems into a single solution.

The technology will assist the utility company with its grid automation efforts and effectively analyse grid events to optimise the operation of its energy distribution network.

The project is a measure by the Lansing Board of Water & Light to improve customer services to its 95,000 energy customers though improved grid reliability and reduced outages. Read more…