The City of Eudora in Kansas in the US has kickstarted the rollout of an Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) project to modernise its water and electricity networks.Under the US$2.51m AMI project, the city is installing smart water and electric meters for accurate and remote meter readings in a bid to curb non-revenues losses.
The smart meters will allow the city's utilities' departments to employ water and energy efficiency programmes for networks' reliability.
In addition to the AMI, the city is also replacing its existing street and municipal building's lights with LED lights as well as upgrade heating and air conditioning systems.
Installation of the smart electric meters is expected to progress through to September whilst the deployment of the smart water meters is set to lasts until mid-July.
To accelerate the rollout of the smart water meters, the city partnered with a local engineering company 360 Energy Engineers , reported a local publication.[ComEd eyes energy efficiency on municipal level].
Smart meters deployment in the US
In late April, Minnessota based utility Superior Water, Light and Power (SWL&P) filed its plans to deploy an AMI system to improve its services for approval by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.
If approved, the 5 year plan will allow replacement of existing analog meters with smart meters for remote and accurate water, gas and electric meter readings.
[quote] The new meters will also provide a platform for the utility to implement energy and water efficiency programmes such as Time of Use power pricing. [
By putting the projects into practice, SWL&P is hoping will help consumers practice sustainable usage of power and water to reduce their bills. [US city seeks assistance for rollout of smart water projects].
Rob Sandstrom, SWL&P manager of Electric Operations, Customer Service and Dispatch said: “ The project will be the platform on which SWL&P can provide new and innovative services to our customers in the future.”
The US$9.8m project will ensure quick outage restoration for electric consumers and reduced water leakages through the provision of notifications whenever a leakage or power outage is detected by the technology, stated an SWL&P company release.
The utility serving 36,000 gas, electric and water consumers in north western Wisconsin (Minnesota) is targeting to kickstart the rollout by the end of this year and deploy 30,000 smart meters by 2020.
To minimise the costs of the project, SWL&P said it will be partnering with the Minnesota Power through sharing information technology, communication infrastructure and administrative support functions.
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