Benefits of AMI system includes reduced operating expenses and improved billing accuracy
Three US power providers have signed up for managed smart grid services from Honeywell to achieve smart grid benefits without the need for traditional IT infrastructure investment.
Honeywell said its subscription services offer an alternative for smaller utilities, which typically have fewer IT resources, that choose not to own and manage their own advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) software.
The benefits of an AMI system include reduced operating expenses and the ability to better serve customers through improved billing accuracy and faster outage recovery but managing AMI software is a resource-intensive task that many smaller utilities often struggle to accommodate, according to Honeywell.
The municipal utilities that will use Honeywell’s managed and maintained smart grid software are located in the cities of: Glenwood Springs, Colorado; and St John, Kansas; as well as Yakama Power in Toppenish, Washington.
“As a smaller utility, we have many of the same fundamental objectives as any large power provider, but the added obstacle of operating with often limited resources – especially when it comes to IT,” said Jeff Williamson, utility director for the City of St John.
“Honeywell’s managed smart grid services help us more easily cover off on important network management tasks so we can focus on our ultimate objective of providing our customers with affordable and reliable power.”
Through the Honeywell managed services subscriptions, all three utilities will receive portal access and analytics for Honeywell’s EnergyAxis connected electricity meters. The meters will provide data on customer energy consumption to enable more accurate billing and also help detect meter tampering and outages for faster power restoration.
“Utilities have to provide power in a consistent and reliable way, but grid modernisation makes this complex because it involves choosing the right smart grid framework and ensuring its ongoing management,” said Nitin Kulkarni, president of smart energy, Honeywell Home and Building Technologies.
“This can be particularly challenging for smaller communities and their IT resources. Honeywell’s expertise and connected services reduce risk and provide added resources to level the playing field for all utilities so they can focus on their core business.”
Honeywell provides complete smart grid and energy management solutions that drive energy efficiency, operational improvements and cost savings for utilities, commercial and industrial customers, and consumers.
It claims to have more than 130 utility-managed EnergyAxis deployments worldwide, including 81 in the US as well as more than 20 managed services deployments
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