Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has selected smart network solution provider Silver Spring Networks to provide the network infrastructure for its Smart Capital initiative, which will network approximately 600,000 homes and businesses in Sacramento County.
Silver Spring Networks will provide field proven, open standards-based, secure, wireless network communications, software and services in support of SMUD’s efforts. Rollout will begin next month and is expected to be completed by March 2011.
SMUD intends to implement a number of advanced smart grid applications, including distribution automation and home area networking. The new, networked grid will enable SMUD to provide its customers with actionable information about their energy use, as well as enhance system efficiency and reliability by giving the utility complete visibility across its service area.
SMUD is the sixth largest community-owned electric utility in the country, serving approximately 600,000 residential and commercial customers.
“For 60 years, SMUD has been committed to providing our customers with reliable, low-cost energy, while maintaining a commitment to our environment,” said John DiStasio, general manager and CEO. “Building the smart grid is a vitally important step in keeping that promise to our customers and our planet.”