Atlanta, GA, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- December 17, 2010 - The Central Lincoln People’s Utility District has selected Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream RF solution to provide a complete smart grid network and advanced metering solution.

Central Lincoln will begin deploying the system in January 2011 and plans to complete the deployment in June of 2012. In addition to advanced metering and home area networking, the utility will be looking into line loss mitigation, improving service reliability and overall load management.

Central Lincoln intends to offer many of the same tools for energy management to both residential and commercial accounts. Because Landis+Gyr offers ZigBee communications in commercial meters, the utility can provide those customers with a variety of access points to usage data and price signals.

“Power costs are only going to go up in coming years, and our intent is to provide a menu of services to our customers so they can monitor changing rates and have choices about improving their energy efficiency,” said Matt Hillebrand, AMI Engineering Specialist at Central Lincoln. “Our efficiency program starts with the technology that allows us to offer variable retail rates and provide services such as load control and thermostat control.”

Initially the utility was convinced it couldn’t get full coverage from an RF network in its hilly service territory. But signal propagation tests showed otherwise.

As the recipient of a Smart Grid Investment Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, Central Lincoln needs to complete the advanced metering deployment within three years.