After months of evaluating proposals and contract negotiations, we have signed a contract with Landis + Gyr to update our end-of-life Automated Meter Reading (AMR) system with an enhanced Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system.
As part of the agreement, Landis + Gyr will connect more than 590,000 new electric, natural gas and water meters to an integrated network management and data collection system. We also signed a managed services contract with Landis + Gyr to include deployment and post-deployment services.
“We’re really excited about the investment in advanced metering infrastructure for our community that will enable us to better serve customers in the future,” said Phil Tunnah, Chief System Planning & Projects Officer. “We’re laying the foundation for enhanced features such as consumer interval data for utility conservation use, reverse flow identification, and additional time-of-use billing options. This project will allow us to adapt to changing consumer preferences across all four services.”
Smart grid technologies are made possible by two-way communication technologies, control systems, and computer processing. In 2005, we entered the smart grid era by investing in automated meter reading. The system we deployed served its purpose to minimize truck roles and personnel to collect metering data, however, the times keep changing. Today, all those meters are now nearing the end of their lifecycle with vendors shutting down production of repair and replacement of the devices. They’re moving on to smarter technology.
The AMI project is going to modernize our system to keep in step with the rest of the country. As we deploy the upgraded technology, we need to carefully balance the maintenance of the current AMR system. AMI is a multi-year project with new meters installs beginning in August of 2020 and project completion in 2023.