TEC to offer Texas Utilities Tantalus smart grid solutions


Austin, TX and Raleigh, NC, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — April 5, 2011 – Texas Electric Cooperatives (TEC) has entered into an alliance with Tantalus to offer the TUNet® (Tantalus Utility Network) smart grid communications technology to electric cooperatives and municipal utilities throughout Texas.
TEC is a state-wide association representing the interests of 65 electric distribution cooperatives and nine generation and transmission cooperatives across Texas. The alliance with Tantalus enables TEC to offer the utilities support for both wired and wireless platforms for implementing smart grid technology.

“By adding TUNet to our portfolio, we can now offer Texas utilities technology built for the full range of smart grid functionality,” said Johnny Andrews, Sr. VP. “With system efficiencies, energy conservation, and load control looming on the horizon, Tantalus presents a terrific opportunity for TEC to offer its members and customers high-quality products from a respected, leading manufacturer in the high-tech utility world.”

With expanding broadband access across Texas, many communities are expected to look at ways to leverage a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network for smart grid functionality provided by Tantalus. For others, eliminating high cost reads and providing end-of-line locations with top quality service is a priority. The 220 MHz ultra long range WAN (wide area network) is ideal for utilities with vast service territories that require split second, two way communications with communities, farms, and distribution equipment.

To date, three Texas utilities have deployed Tantalus technology, including Lamb County Electric Cooperative, which uses its TUNet system to selectively enact load shed events on high powered irrigation pumps during critical peak periods. Tantalus’ unique ability to identify which pumps are in operation and provide time-stamped records of how long a curtailment was in effect, adds precision and speed to load shed activities.