Columbia City, IN, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — September 19, 2006 – Indiana electric utility Northeastern Rural Electric Membership Corporation has announced that it will move forward with plans to deploy advanced metering to all its 26,000 meters, with full implementation to be completed by the end of 2010.
Northeastern has selected TUNet® – the Tantalus Utility Network – to serve as the advanced metering infrastructure which will enable it to capture hourly energy consumption data automatically, monitor power quality remotely, and instantly detect power outages throughout its service area.
The utility endorsed full-scale adoption of AMI after a successful year-long trial, during which it performed an extensive pilot project to validate the technology and business case. There were various business, operational and customer service advantages on which it based its decision, including improved operational data and customer service tools, reduced meter reading costs, fewer truck rolls to perform off-cycle meter reads, faster service response to enquiries and the ability to pinpoint outages in real time.
TUNet serves as the two-way wireless communications backbone network on which data is relayed between the meters and the utility. Each meter will be outfitted with a radio modem that transmits consumption reads, voltage levels and outage alerts at scheduled intervals. Northeastern staff can also communicate with individual meters or groups of devices over the secure network to gauge power quality or investigate distribution issues.
Northeastern is focusing on high consumption C&I accounts as a first step in the deployment process.