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Con Edison plans five-year AMI roll out using Silver Springs and IBM

Steve Rogerson
February 16, 2016
 
Utility Con Edison and its subsidiary Orange & Rockland (O&R) plan to connect 3.9 million electric and 1.3 million gas users in New York through the deployment of Silver Spring’s multi-application networking, data and control platform and services from IBM.
 
“This technology transformation involving the collection, transfer and analysis of billions of data points will give Con Edison, O&R and their customers the tools to improve decision making and reliable energy distribution," said Michael Valocchi, managing partner at IBM Global Business Services. “Together we are creating an important foundation, making New York City and the surrounding region a world-class leader, while providing customers with greater convenience and control of their energy usage.”
 
The advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) plan is expected to increase control and convenience, improve reliability, benefit the environment, and facilitate increased customer engagement in managing energy usage. While the initial phases of the programme have been approved, the full plan is awaiting additional action by the New York Public Service Commission.
 
“We are honoured to partner with Con Edison and O&R on this groundbreaking project,” said Mike Bell, CEO and president of California-based Silver Spring Networks. “The technology being deployed and their commitment to meeting the evolving needs of customers through the application of advanced technology builds on their nearly two centuries of innovation and customer service.”
 
This secure communications network will provide Con Edison and O&R with data and insights into its grid, empowering customers to manage their energy usage better, and enabling advancements in reliability and customer service. For example, Con Edison and O&R will be able to monitor and manage distributed energy resources to improve outage detection significantly and speed up restoration time, and enable grid operation at optimum voltage levels, which will reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
 
The communications network will have the capability to enable distribution automation, the integration of sensing devices, and deployment of applications that will benefit customers throughout its service territory. The deployment of the AMI communications system and smart meter rollout is scheduled to begin in early 2017 and is expected to take five years, pending regulatory approval.
 
Silver Spring’s IPv6 networking platform, with over 22.9 million enabled devices delivered, is connecting utilities to homes and business with the goal of achieving greater energy efficiency. Customers include major utilities around the globe such as Baltimore Gas & Electric, CitiPower & Powercor, Commonwealth Edison, CPS Energy, Florida Power & Light, Jemena Electricity Networks, Pacific Gas & Electric, Pepco Holdings, Progress Energy and Singapore Power.