Smart grid wins: We've got all kinds of contract wins (and some kudos) this week
By Liz Enbysk
SGN Managing Editor
Which metering company announced an AMI contract in San Diego and an AMR contract in Pakistan this week? Which utilities ranked highest in the annual J.D. Power and Associates' study of business customer satisfaction? Scroll down and click to page 2 for the answers and plenty more too in this week's roundup of smart grid wins.
Â· Itron's AMI solution was selected by the City of San Diego’s Public Utilities Department for the automation of the city’s commercial and industrial water meters. Itron says its solution will help streamline meter reading and enhance customer service by enabling San Diego to instantaneously access water usage data using AMI technology. The contract includes a citywide fixed-base communication network infrastructure, water communication modules for C&I meters and private cloud managed services. Read more >>
o Itron also announced its AMR solution was selected for a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) project in Pakistan. The AMR solution will help Pakistan power distribution companies improve energy efficiency, manage supply and demand, and reduce losses on the network. Read more >>
- Landis+Gyr announced that Lower Yellowstone Rural Electric Association has signed an agreement to deploy Gridstream PLX, Landis+Gyr's next generation power line carrier system for advanced metering and grid management. "Our service territory is really booming. We've added a couple of new substations and are averaging 30 new meters a month. By updating to Gridstream PLX, we will be able to take advantage of engineering and customer service data that wasn't available to us before and really position the utility to better manage growth," said Corey Candee, Electrical IT Manager at Lower Yellowstone REA, a distribution coop that serves residents of northeastern Montana and parts of North Dakota. Read more >>
HONORS AND MILESTONES
Â· National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) bestowed its Clyde T. Ellis award on Jack Wolfe, former president of the NRECA Board of Directors and President/CEO of Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative, for his dedication and service to the electric cooperative program. Bruce Carlson, CEO of Verendrye Electric Cooperative, received NRECA’s William F. Matson Democracy Award for his outstanding efforts to increase the participation of cooperative consumer-members in the Action Committee for Rural Electrification. Read more >>
Â· J.D. Power and Associates released its annual study on how satisfied business customers are with their electric utilities and found that while satisfaction declined in most areas, utilities got higher marks for communications during power outages. The study ranks utilities by size and by regions; those that ranked highest are:
o East region - PPL Electric Utilities and Central Maine Power
o Midwest region - We Energies and Indianapolis Power & Light Company
o South region - Georgia Power and Entergy Texas
o West region - Portland General Electric and Seattle City Light
Â· ComEd announced a milestone in completing the replacement or reinforcement of more than 2,700 wood poles in its service territory in 2012, a 200 percent increase over previous years. In addition to reinforcement and replacement, ComEd inspected and treated more than 137,000 poles. Read more >>
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