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Silver Spring to provide smart grid services to Maryland's Choptank

Iain Morris
October 14, 2014

Maryland utility Choptank Electric Cooperative has chosen Silver Spring to supply it with advanced metering infrastructure as it looks to slash costs and improve services for customers.

The utility serves some 52,000 members on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and says it will use Silver Spring’s technology to connect members across its 7,500 square mile service territory.

The contract includes the option to add additional smart grid applications in the future.

“Millions of people nationwide are served by cooperative utilities, and we view this market as one that holds significant opportunity in providing energy advances to operators and the members they serve,” said Eric Dresselhuys, the executive vice president of global development and sales for Silver Spring Networks (Redwood City, CA, USA).

“We are honored to partner with Choptank [Denton, MD, USA] to leverage our proven, standards-based networking infrastructure and rapidly deploy smart grid solutions and services for the citizens of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, while building a long-term foundation that can offer to unlock more value for Choptank Electric and its members,” he added.

Choptank executives say that introducing smart grid services is hugely important for the utility given its geographical location and rural service territory.

“Silver Spring’s proven platform, managed services and breadth of its partnerships were critical in our selection process,” said Mike Wheatley, the president and chief executive of Choptank Electric Cooperative. “Additionally, their commitment to open standards and interoperability … were crucial in helping us avoid the expense and time of costly integrations.”

Silver Spring now claims to maintain more than 19 million devices globally and servers a number of major utilities, including Commonwealth Edison (Chicago, IL, USA), Pepco Holdings (Washington, DC, USA) and Singapore Power, among others.
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