AMP selects Silver Spring for metering programme
June 28, 2016
American Municipal Power (AMP) has selected Silver Spring Networks for its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) programme. AMP is a non-profit wholesale power supplier and services provider for 133 municipal electric utilities in nine states.
Collectively, AMP members serve more than 645,000 customers. For the initial phase, California-based Silver Spring will deploy its standards-based IPv6 network platform to AMP to help its member municipalities provide better customer experience and service for 60,000 electric and 30,000 water customers.
Additionally, Silver Spring will deliver its SilverLink control platform and applications through a software-as-a-service model to help with rapid implementation, to lower deployment risk and to reduce the total cost of ownership.
“Customer service is one of the hallmarks of public power and is thus a priority for AMP’s member communities,” said Marc Gerken, AMP president and CEO. “AMP’s AMI programme is designed to be another tool to assist member communities in maintaining a high level of customer service. This partnership with Silver Spring Networks facilitates the two-way communications technology that can help with our near-term goals such as enabling grid reliability, outage management and remote connect and disconnect, while providing a foundation that can enable the deployment of future smart grid and smart city services at the pace that benefits our membership.”
The programme will be under the oversight of Branndon Kelley, AMP’s CIO, and will allow municipals both large and small to take advantage of the technology without the burden and cost of staffing and expertise.
“Serving over 48 million people in the USA, the public power sector has an opportunity to amplify its customer-centric vision through advanced smart grid technology,” said Eric Dresselhuys, EVP of global development at Silver Spring Networks. “We are thrilled to be partnering with AMP, and look forward to closely working with them to provide a range of benefits for its member communities.”
Silver Spring’s IPv6 platform and services offer public power customers the network flexibility to add new participants, from commercial and industrial customers to an entire residential block, regardless of the customer type or their location within a service territory.
• Silver Spring Networks officially opened its new headquarters in San Jose last week.