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AMI vendor contract signed   

Author: Eric  by  Eric  on  7/16/2019

Smart MeterAfter 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.

 
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Does this mean we can expect new meters similar to what was done 10-15 years ago? If so, would it be possible to post what neighborhoods will be done in a given date range? I'd like to have some idea when I should have my computer unplugged to avoid a potential surge should such a replacement take place.

Thanks!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019  4:56 PM  Dorian Morrell

Dorian, yes, that's correct. We will have to reach out to every customer to arrange an appointment to exchange your meters, so you will know when it will happen. This announcement was simply the contract signing. There is still plenty of work to do before we start replacing meters. Most meters will be exchanged between 2020 and 2023 but, like I said, you will be contact prior to anything happening.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019  9:39 AM  Eric