AMI connectivity

Smart grid automation solutions firm ABB has been selected for the rollout of an automated metering infrastructure (AMI) project in the US city of Memphis in Tennessee.Under the project, ABB will provide its wireless network technology to enable connectivity for 1 million smart meters set for deployment under the AMI programme.

The firm will also maintain its technology to provide AMI connectivity within 2030 square kilometres.

Massimo Danieli, managing director of the grid automation business unit at ABB, said the technology “will support the deployment of smart metering infrastructure and enable more efficient distribution of electricity, water and gas to the citizens of Memphis.”

[quote] The AMI rollout is expected to help consumers to actively participate in the energy market by engaging in city's Time of Use (ToU) tariff pricing programmes. The infrastructure will also provide consumers in Memphis with benefits through a instant-on pre-paid service transfer and service restoration after an outage.

ABB claims its wireless network can also be used to support multiple additional applications for distribution automation, substation automation, physical security and mobile workforce automation. [ABB provides building automation for new Microsoft office].

The solution has previously been deployed by utilities such as Silicon Valley Power, Kansas City Board of Public Utilities and Idaho Falls Power.

AMI connectivity in the US

In other news on AMI connectivity technologies, in mid-May, US power utility Pacific Power signed a contract with smart energy network provider Silver Spring for the rollout of an AMI in Oregon.

The agreement will allow the solutions provider to deploy its technology Gen5 IPv6 for a two-way communication of the infrastructure.

In a combined statement, the utility serving over 740,000 consumers in Oregon, Washington and California said it selected the platform to “better serve its 600,000 customers in 180 communities, improve grid maintenance and reliability in Oregon."

Stefan Bird, CEO of Pacific Power said: "Our smart meter investment is another key step towards the energy grid of the future here in Oregon.

"By partnering with Silver Spring Networks, we will be able to offer our customers real benefits, while generating savings that exceed the costs over the life of the meters,” added the CEO.

 

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