NAS Kingsville, TX, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- November 10, 2010 - The U.S. Navy’s Region Southeast has become the latest to start installing advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), with the initiation of the program at Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville on October 28.

NAS Kingsville is the first of 12 sites across the region to start receiving smart meters, and a total of 158 smart meters will be installed across the station.

In the $23 million program, a total of 2,177 meters will be installed at the 12 Southeast bases. The contractor is Square D.

The Navy’s AMI program, which is being supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program, is targeting the Northwest, Southwest and Southeast regions.

The groundbreaking for the Northwest region was held at Naval Station Everett in March. In the region’s $31 million program, which also was awarded to Square D, automated monitoring systems including electrical, gas, water and steam and the replacement of aging transformers will be carried out at NS Everett, NAS Whidbey Island and Naval Base Kitsap by August 2011.

The Southwest region project, with a value of $23.5 million, has been awarded to American Systems to install approximately 3,100 smart meters at bases in the region, including nine in California and one in Nevada. This project is due to be completed by August 2011.

“AMI is here, and the success of the program will rely on everyone's participation, commitment and support of the project activities,” commented NAVFAC Southeast AMI program manager Don Shaver. “The benefits will include dramatically improved accuracy in billing for all tenants on our bases and provision for real time data that will improve our ability to generate energy consumption reductions and consequently life cycle budget savings.”