CFE to expand TWACS AMI technology in Mexico


Gary Moore,
COO, Aclara
Mexico City, Mexico and St Louis, MO, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — January 4, 2011 – Mexico’s electric utility Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) has issued an additional purchase order for Aclara PLS Inc.’s TWACS® power-line technology, the company has announced.

The initial, prime contract was awarded in December 2009. The technology will be supplied through Aclara’s AMI distributor for Mexico, Ambar Electroingenieria, which is also prime contractor for the project

The TWACS technology is currently being deployed as part of CFE’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project. This follow-on purchase order provides an expanded deployment of the pole mounted and socket-type TWACS AMI solution in Acapulco, a seaport serviced by CFE’s South-Central Division. A key feature of this AMI implementation is the installation of in-home displays that will allow CFE to enhance its customer service through improved communications.

The initial purchase order was for approximately 90,000 meters, along with an option for an additional 90,000 meters available under the original contract. This follow-on order represents the additional 90,000 units.

CFE plans to deploy new metering end-points in several major cities in Mexico over the next several years to utilize state of the art AMI features that include asset modernization, customer service upgrades, remote meter reading, interval read capabilities, outage management, aggregate demand, energy balance, voltage quality and other cost savings and efficiency solutions.
“It has been a great pleasure working on this AMI project with CFE as they continue to implement the TWACS technology,” said Gary Moore, chief operating officer for Aclara. “We look forward to continuing a productive, long term relationship with CFE as it moves forward with its efforts to implement AMI and smart grid Technology throughout Mexico.”