Whitewater Valley selects smart grid communications network


Vancouver, BC, Canada — (METERING.COM) — August 18, 2008 – Whitewater Valley REMC has selected the Tantalus Utility Network (TUNet(r)) as the communications network for its advanced metering program and a full range of smart grid applications.

Whitewater Valley, which provides electricity to 12,000 meters in eastern Indiana, chose the solution for full deployment after a rigorous field trial in its toughest and most remote terrain.

Boyd Huff, the cooperative’s general manager, said: “We can implement a communications system that meets our core AMI application requirements today – interval meter reading, outage detection, remote disconnect & reconnect, and real-time power quality monitoring – and leverage this network for other smart grid applications like demand response or distribution automation as policy and operational needs evolve our business."

Targeting remote farms and rural communities was Whitewater Valley’s first priority. An "outside in" deployment strategy enables the cooperative to eliminate high-cost reading routes as well as instantly detect outages, an ever-present threat in a region where the storm season spans late fall through to early spring. Huff added that this approach is paying off in fewer truck rolls, faster repairs and customer service response, and safer working conditions for staff.

TUNet(r) is a single, multi-purpose communications backbone designed to help utilities automate their distribution infrastructure.