San Andrés, Colombia — (METERING.COM) — May 29, 2008 – Colombian utility Empresas de Energia del Archipiélago de San Andres S.A. E.S.P. (EEDAS S.A. E.S.P.) is deploying advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technology on the islands of San Andres and Providencia.
The solution is the Aclara® Two-Way Automatic Communications System (TWACS®), which transmits and receives metering and utility data over existing power lines.
The project, undertaken in conjunction with the utility’s net operator Sociedad Productora de Energia de San Andres y Providencia S.A. E.S.P. (SOPESA S.A.), will ultimately serve five substations, 15 feeders, and 16,300 meter services across both locations. The initial stage of the implementation will begin in 2009, followed by full deployment completion in 2010.
A major objective of the plan is to reduce technical and non-technical energy losses. In the first stage this would amount to cutting losses from 34 percent to 12 percent on two feeders. In addition, the utility wants to use the data to eliminate estimated billing. This will significantly advance the electrical infrastructure to a state-of-the-art implementation and is expected to serve as a gateway for further deployments in Colombia.
“TWACS technology is demonstrated in applications across the region, including a large installation by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) that involves 1.4 million meters capable of managing daily and hourly reads,” said Roberto Barto, Aclara’s senior vice president, international.
The TWACS system offers two-way communication to electric meters and provides for timely billing, load control, demand response, and outage detection and assessment. With the system, utilities can effectively manage customer data and reduce costs while enabling innovation and providing superior customer service.
San Andrés and Providencia are two island groups in the Caribbean about 480 miles northwest of Colombia.