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Silver Spring to provide "multi-app" smart grid in Missouri

Iain Morris
September 30, 2014

Smart grid player Silver Spring Networks says it will provide an advanced “multi-application” smart grid for City Utilities of Springfield, a utility serving more than 100,000 customers in southwest Missouri.

The deal will see Silver Spring (Redwood City, CA, USA) support electricity, gas and water services for the utility, providing a range of managed services it says will “unlock increased customer value”.

The tie-up is also expected to improve service reliability, reduce operating costs, lead to greater energy efficiency and help the utility’s customers to make more informed decisions about their energy and water usage.

“We are honored to help City Utilities leverage some of the industry’s most advanced technology to deliver smart electricity, water, and gas services to their customers,” said Eric Dresselhuys, executive vice president of global sales and development for Silver Spring.

“Multi-service municipal utilities face complex challenges in managing separate distribution networks for each service and we applaud City Utilities’ ‘no compromise’ approach to delivering lasting benefits for its customers,” he added. “City Utilities’ program is expected to deliver benefits on par with the best global projects and set a new standard for public power providers.”

City Utilities said the multi-application networking platform provided by Silver Spring would allow it to better manage and reduce operational costs.

Silver Spring claims to have already built up considerable momentum in the public power market and says it plans to increase investments in this area in future.

The company’s municipal smart grid solution is intended to be easy to deploy and scale up.

Silver Spring now counts a number of municipal and cooperative authorities among its customers, including CPS Energy (San Antonio, TX, USA), Modesto Irrigation District, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Snohomish County Public Utility District.
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