Solution for Ontario’s District 9’s smart metering program


Raleigh, NC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — November 16, 2009 – The seven electric utilities that comprise the District 9 (D9) Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) consortium in Ontario, Canada, are to implement Sensus’ FlexNet™ AMI solution.

Banded together, D9, which formed its alliance based on common geographical traits: urban as well as remote, rural, rolling hills with sparse endpoint service territories, represents 80,000 endpoints.

Members of D9 set to implement FlexNet™ are Chapleau (1,370 endpoints), Espanola (3,353), Great Lakes Power (11,372), Hearst Power (2,751), North Bay Hydro (23,268), Northern Ontario Wires (6,370), and PUC Distribution Inc. located in Sault Ste Marie (32,300). These utilities will continue to work together during and after implementation, to share resources, streamline deployment, and maximize service area coverage of FlexNet over the diverse and challenging terrain.

“The D9 geographic area is extremely diverse and the optimum solution that could be implemented was one that provided an efficient infrastructure network,” said Claudio Stefano, vice president, customer services and business development for PUC Services Inc. “The business case to engage in a smart grid initiative like this was bolstered because of the many advantages that the FlexNet system offers.”

Members of D9 will also have access to KTI Limited, Sensus’s Canadian AMI distribution partner for technical and customer service support, as well as a Sensus project management office operating in Aurora Canada, staffed with professionals focused on providing conservation solutions for current and future FlexNet projects.

D9 is part of the London Hydro Consortium Project which selected the Sensus FlexNet solution for 1.2 million of the 1.8 million meters represented in the project.