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Consumers Energy to boost efficiency with Silver Spring technology

Iain Morris
November 11, 2014

US utility Consumers Energy is to make use of sensor and big data technology from Silver Spring Networks to improve energy efficiency for its 2.9 million customers in the Michigan area.

The smart grid specialist will roll out technology that allows Consumers Energy customers to access data about their energy usage and management in real time, even if they have yet to install smart meters.

Consumers Energy (Jackson, MI, USA) says its ultimate goal is to create a platform for the development of new and innovative applications that make use of big data generated by smart grid technologies.

Silver Spring (Redwood City, CA, USA) claims its sensor network technology will allow these applications to run at up to ten times the speed and one tenth the cost of traditional utility IT infrastructure.

“Proprietary, siloed applications and architectures are outdated in meeting the needs of our on-demand world,” said Scott Lang, the chairman, president and chief executive of Silver Spring. “Our open and flexible CustomerIQ consumer engagement platform and SilverLink Sensor Network allows utilities to leverage our technology for Silver Spring and third party networks, unlocking greater choice, value, and innovation.”

Silver Spring says it has developed the SilverLink network to help utilities properly analyze smart grid big data and make improvements to operations based on that data.

The technology is also intended to help its users engage more actively with their own customers.

Using networked sensor devices, utilities can organize, program and use the big data generated by smart grids to become more agile organizations, claims the smart grid player.

“We are committed to providing the best experience to our business and residential customers, and that includes using technology to help them to use less energy,” said Brian Rich, the vice president and chief information officer of Consumers Energy. “We are excited to work with Silver Spring on this program.”
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