FortisAlberta’s Advanced Metering Deployment Accelerates; Project Scheduled for Completion in 2010
ATLANTA, Feb. 19 2009 /PRNewswire/ — FortisAlberta has entered the second phase of its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) deployment with Landis+Gyr, and is scheduled to deploy approximately 370,000 advanced metering endpoints over the next two years.
“The strong working relationship between FortisAlberta and our program management team has been essential to completing the first phase of the deployment” said Jeff Carkhuff, General Manager of Middle Market Systems at Landis+Gyr. “We look forward to increasing the deployment pace and introducing additional system capabilities as we work to complete our largest two-way PLC deployment in North America on schedule.”
A regulated electricity distribution company serving central and southern Alberta, FortisAlberta contracted with Landis+Gyr in 2007 for a “turnkey” deployment of a two-way advanced metering network to cover its entire service territory. In addition to providing the hardware and software solutions for advanced metering, Landis+Gyr is also serving as the deployment contractor on the project, and is managing all meter and substation equipment installations.
System acceptance testing and regulatory approvals were completed in 2008, and more than 80,000 advanced meters have been installed so far. FortisAlberta is implementing the two-way TS2 PLC system, part of Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream™ family of smart grid and energy management solutions. The PLC network solution is particularly suited to the utility’s large and geographically diverse service territory.
Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream portfolio includes leading-edge technologies and software solutions that interface with utility systems and third-party products to provide advanced metering, distribution automation and personal energy management capabilities.
Landis+Gyr is the leading provider of integrated energy management solutions tailored to energy company needs. With a global presence and a reputation for quality and innovation, Landis+Gyr is unique in its ability to deliver true end-to-end advanced metering solutions. Today, the Company offers the broadest portfolio of products and services in the electricity metering industry, and is paving the way for the next generation of smart grid. With annualized sales of more than $1.25 billion, Landis+Gyr operates in over 30 countries across five continents, and employs over 5,000 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better.
As owner and operator of more than 60 percent of Alberta’s total electric distribution network and more than 107,000 kilometers of power lines, FortisAlberta’s focus in the safe and reliable delivery of electricity to its more than 453,000 customer in 175 growing communities across southern and central Alberta. FortisAlberta is a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned distribution utility in Canada, serving almost two million gas and electric customers.
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