An interview with Ralph Masiello
and Sue Scott of ABB
The big, traditional projects in automated meter reading have really stalled, because utilities are no longer assured of a...
and minimize the need for up to a dozen new power plants over the next decade.
Salt River Project (SRP) announced it will utilize its DOE smart-grid investment grant award to double its deployment of Elster EnergyAxis advanced metering infrastructure (AMI). Since 2003, SRP has deployed approximately 500,000 Elster REX residential and ALPHA commercial and industrial smart meters and used the data provided by EnergyAxis to support customer service, and cost and environmental savings. SRP estimates the EnergyAxis solution has enabled it to remotely address more than 748,000 customer orders, save more than 249,000 in labor hours, avoid more than 1.3 million driving miles and conserve 135,000 gallons of fuel. SRP is in the process of ordering an additional 500,000 EnergyAxis smart meters for delivery over the next three years, at a rate of approximately 14,000 smart meters a month. This will bring SRP’s total number of EnergyAxis endpoints to approximately 1 million. SRP will use Elster’s EnergyICT meter data management system to process the information.
Wabash Valley Power Association , a generation and transmission cooperative based in Indianapolis, selected Siemens Energy and eMeter to implement eMeter’s EnergyIP software platform and meter data management application. The system is expected to provide meter-to-cash and demand response functions across multiple customer information and advanced metering systems.
Smart Grid & TD
Tres Amigas chose Viridity Energy to design, build and operate the power trading platform for the Tres Amigas SuperStation. Viridity Energy will provide the network and commercial operations necessary for the sale and delivery of Tres Amigas’s transmission services, associated electric energy transfers, and other ancillary products and services. The SuperStation is designed to be a renewable energy market hub and balancing authority, helping to ensure the efficient and reliable flow of power from multiple renewable generation sources in all three power regions to customers across the United States, Canada and Mexico. Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) selected Black & Veatch to provide program management and integration services for the utility’s grid-modernization program. Black & Veatch will implement PSE&G’s automated loop scheme, deploying smart reclosers with digital logic and communication functionality, designed to significantly improve the reliability of the electric grid. The program also provides communication infrastructure for future smart-grid functions.
Manitoba Hydro of Winnipeg , Manitoba, chose Open Systems International to supply a new natural gas supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and pipeline management system to manage the more than 1,741 km of natural gas transmission pipelines and over 7,105 km of distribution pipelines within the province of Manitoba.