Dominican Republic’s EDESUR to install AMI for C&I customers


EdesurSt. Louis, MO — (METERING.COM) — November 14, 2006 – Empresa Distribuidora de Electricidad del Sur (EDESUR), one of the three government-owned utilities in Dominican Republic, is to instal Distribution Control Systems, Inc.’s Two-Way Automatic Communication System (TWACS®) AMI for its commercial and industrial (C&I) customers.

EDESUR wanted to reduce lost revenue, operational and meter reading costs. It also realized if it provided customers with reliable electric service by controlling demand, instituting proactive maintenance programs and expanding the power distribution infrastructure, the possibilities increased for attracting new businesses and improving the Republic’s economy. 

Not only can EDESUR communicate directly with each C&I meter in its system (within less than 20 seconds for individual on-demand reads), when downloading mass readings the speed increases rapidly. Special applications that are built within the TWACS system include reverse energy detection to help pinpoint non-technical losses and the OPTIMUMTM software solution that provides web service integration to third party software applications including Customer Information Systems (CIS), Information Technology Departments (IT), legacy software and billing systems.

EDESUR has also included OASysTM in its deployment plans. This system leverages the TWACS system connectivity to provide the utility with valuable outage location and scope as well as distribution system reliability information. Such information enables the utility to promptly and accurately pinpoint energy delivery problems, restore the system and deliver dependable electric power to its C&I customers.

“After testing several AMI systems for a year, we concluded that the TWACS system is the best suited to meet our needs in reducing non-technical losses and unnecessary costs that would be incurred if we had to replace existing meters,” said EDESUR’s Director Telecommunications and Systems, Communications.  “There will be almost no need for estimated billings and we will be able to provide on demand meter reads for internal and external meter reading verification.”

“We are excited that EDESUR has chosen to deploy the TWACS System,” said Matt Dhillon, Director of Marketing for DCSI. “The system provides EDESUR capabilities to detect theft, read meters on request, collect data at daily, hourly, and 15 minute intervals, provide TOU rates, detect outages and speed power restoration, assess phase and feeder load balances, determine voltage levels at each customer and obtain vital data to help EDESUR to optimize its operations. The system can be easily expanded to provide remote connect/disconnect, load control, prepayment and to read all residential meters.”

EDESUR serves metro Santo Domingo area and has about 350,000 customers.