Smart grid wins show and tell: meter data, efficiency, outage management


By: SGN Staff


By Doug Peeples

SGN News Editor



Itron, Inc. reported it has completed the delivery of its meter data collection system, a key component of Iberdrola’s smart metering program. The project began with Iberdrola, Spain’s premier energy group and one of the world’s largest electricity utilities, in 2010. Together, Itron and Iberdrola reached this project milestone as part of the development and implementation of the broader advanced metering management (AMM) system for two million meters. Itron’s solution offers a flexible and robust data infrastructure that allows Iberdrola to optimize network management, reduce operational costs and enhance its quality of service for the benefit of consumers.


Retroficiency and Energy & Resource Solutions (ERS) announced that the companies will partner to deliver an Efficiency Maine Innovation Program. The one-year pilot program will leverage electric interval consumption and building asset data analytics to drive more effective energy efficiency program engagement and participation across a portfolio of small and medium commercial buildings. "Efficiency Maine is excited to support this Innovation Program to explore ways that small and medium business customers can use smart meter data to save energy at their facilities,” said Michael Stoddard, Executive Director, Efficiency Maine.


Ameresco, Inc., an energy efficiency and renewable energy company, has begun work on an Energy Savings Performance Contract  (ESPC) with Kalispell School District #5, in Kalispell, Montana. Ameresco will install over $3.29 million of energy efficiency improvements at 12 school buildings. The energy efficiency improvements are expected to save the District an estimated $140,569 annually while also addressing critical infrastructure needs.


Milsoft has been selected by the city of Wallingford, Connecticut Electric Division to provide its Milsoft Outage Management System. The Wallingford Electric Division has purchased Milsoft OMS to enable it to improve its detection and response to customer service outages, especially during major outages caused by severe weather events. In the past two years the utility experienced two tropical storms and a once-in-a-century early snowstorm. Also, Highline Electric Association in Colorado has chosen the Milsoft Geographic Information System (GIS). Highline, already a user of Milsoft Engineering Analysis and Milsoft Field Engineering has upgraded to the Milsoft E&O System with the addition of Milsoft GIS.