Energy management company Landis+Gyr last week agreed with power utility Westar Energy to extend its AMI rollout and management contract.[quote]
Under the deal, Landis+Gyr will supply Westar Energy smart electric meters and supporting infrastructure for deployment in the utility’s service territories not yet covered by the AMI.

Westar has a total of 700,000 electricity consumers.

In a statement, Landis+Gyr said the previous contract covered deployment of GridStream AMI solution within the Wichita, KS region.

The energy management company will continue managing the utility’s network as well as provide data hosting services.

Greg Greenwood, senior vice president, Strategy at Westar Energy, said: “The initial deployment and success of the service agreement with Landis+Gyr made us confident to move ahead.”

Greenwood added: “We’ve been seeing value from day one and plan to expand our use of the network and data for a variety of grid management applications.”

Landis+Gyr said it believes that its AMI solution will support Westar’s existing pre-payment and variable pricing programs, delivery of energy usage information to customers through the internet, and support of outage management and power quality operations.

Landis+Gyr in US smart metering

The contract extension follows the selection of Landis+Gyr by power utility Seattle City Light for implementation of an AMI rollout project last month.

Seattle City Light said it will integrate Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream AMI solution that includes a multi-purpose radio frequency network, advanced meters and a meter data management system.

Under the contract, the two will complete installation of communications infrastructure and meter testing by the end of 2016 before a large-scale rollout in mid-2017.

Landis+Gyr also agreed that it will operate and maintain the advanced metering system infrastructure.

Jim Baggs, Interim General Manager, said: “... [the]advanced meters will allow our customers to see how much electricity they are using and what it costs them so they can make informed decisions. It will improve our response to power outages. And it will help the utility be more efficient, which will help to hold down electricity costs for our customers.”

In addition, Landis+Gyr’s advanced grid analytics will allow intelligence in Seattle City Light’s grid including automation of water and gas meters, and streetlights.

“During an extensive request for proposals process, Landis+Gyr demonstrated that it offers the best solution for modernizing City Light’s metering technology,” Baggs added.

Prasanna Venkatesan, executive vice president, Americas at Landis+Gyr, said the network management and grid analytics will help speed the transition to a more intelligent and responsive grid for improved customer engagement, reliability and operational efficiency.