Utility expands AMR deployment


Minnesota Power, an investor-owned utility, is expanding its deployment of the TS1 Turtle® system, a PLC-based AMR system from Hunt Technologies. The utility has already installed TS1 endpoints on over 84,000 meters, and the new deployment will include a further 44,000 endpoints.

The Turtle System’s proactive outage detection, flexibility with meter platforms, ability to retrofit current meters and ability to deploy the system without shutting down a substation were factors in the utility’s decision to expand its use. Minnesota Power’s service territory covers a number of colleges and universities, and it expects to see increased efficiency from being able to perform virtual connects and disconnects for the large student population.