Data management software system goes live


PPL LogoWellesley, MA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — November 28, 2006 – PPL Electric Utilities is the first U.S. utility to obtain hourly metering data from its entire customer base, now that its new data management software system has gone live. PPL supplies electricity to close on 1.4 million homes and businesses.

PPL’s Meter Data Management System (MDMS), developed and installed by Nexus Energy Software, is providing data validation, process management, storage, and analysis of hourly meter readings. These readings are reported throughout the day by signals sent over power lines from all customers’ meters, primarily utilizing TWACS® by DCSI meter communications technology. PPL now has the largest operational system in North America in terms of hourly read data volume, and will be the most comprehensive in terms of applications that leverage the data.

“The integration of our advanced metering system with the Nexus MDMS unlocks the door to a whole host of applications that will benefit our customers and the company,” remarked Bernie Bujnowski, Director of Advanced Metering for PPL. “The availability of hourly energy use information will enable significant improvements in our operations and, over time, enhancements to customer services.”

The Nexus MDMS™ is the centralized storage and control system for data operations for the hourly meter reads, and provides the platform for integrated applications for enhanced revenue protection, complex billing, forecasting, distribution management, load research, settlement, and customer energy management services, which will be rolled out over the next several months.