Itron to deploy and manage smart meters for Mississippi Power
May 23, 2018
Itron is to deploy and manage nearly 200,000 smart meters for Mississippi Power. The utility will use the Washington firm’s standards-based network and software-as-a-service to improve operational efficiencies and increase grid reliability.
Itron’s agreement with Mississippi Power – a subsidiary of Southern Company – will support the utility’s grid modernisation plans and technical innovation within the utility space.
The company will deploy and manage its standards-based Gen5 IPv6 network platform to connect approximately 193,000 advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) devices to help improve operational efficiencies and increase grid reliability for the utility’s customers across 23 south-east Mississippi counties. Itron will also deliver back-office capabilities through a five-year software-as-a-service model to aid in the utility’s operational and customer engagement transformation efforts.
“AMI will allow Mississippi Power to serve our customers more efficiently from an operational standpoint, which in turn increases the value we provide to the communities we serve,” said Mississippi Power vice president Nicole Faulk. “This technology, and our partnership with Itron, will benefit our customers in many ways. From real-time usage reporting to remote connect and disconnect and more, we will be installing meters that will help us enhance our customers’ experience and prepare for emerging smart grid applications.”
Itron’s technology will be integrated into selected Mississippi Power smart meters to enable secure and reliable wireless networking connectivity between the utility’s business and residential customers to the back office. The communications and computing modules should help Mississippi Power form a resilient and reliable mesh network, providing access to demand, consumption, time-of-use and interval data, alarms and power-quality data from its smart meters.
“We’re excited to be expanding our footprint in the south-eastern USA through our agreement with Mississippi Power on its progressive efforts to modernise its grid system,” said Mark de Vere White, president of Itron’s electricity business line. “Mississippi is a state with diverse terrain and a history of extreme weather conditions. The opportunity to work with Mississippi Power to deliver its customers a more reliable, cost effective and efficient smart grid is truly rewarding. We look forward to building a long lasting, trusted relationship with Mississippi Power.”
Itron lets utilities and cities safely, securely and reliably deliver critical infrastructure services to communities in more than 100 countries. It has a portfolio of smart networks, software, services, meters and sensors that help its customers better manage electricity, gas and water resources.