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Jamaica picks Silver Spring to improve grid reliability

Steve Rogerson
May 17, 2016
 
Electricity utility Jamaica Public Service is to deploy Silver Spring’s open standards-based platform and Silverlink software-as-a-service to improve grid reliability and operational efficiency.
 
JPS is the sole distributor of electricity in Jamaica serving over 600,000 customers. The smart grid programme is in line with Jamaica’s National Energy Policy 2009-2030, which emphasises energy conservation and efficiency goals.
 
The project is also expected to empower JPS customers to manage their energy costs more effectively through a web portal with more timely and granular insights into their energy use. The initial phase of the project is scheduled to begin this summer, targeting 21,000 homes and businesses in seven parishes across the island.
 
“We are thrilled to partner with an industry leader like Silver Spring Networks to deliver Jamaica’s smart grid programme,” said Kelly Tomblin, president and CEO of JPS. “Silver Spring’s multi-application platform will help JPS realise its goal of delivering customer satisfaction at the highest level by providing a tool that will facilitate the best possible efficiency, reliability and benefits for our customers now and in the future.”
 
JPS will also be able to leverage Silver Spring's multi-application platform to deliver future applications such as smart street lights, expand pre-pay options, time-of-use billing, distribution automation and other smart city and home functionalities across Jamaica.
 
“It is an honour to partner with JPS to overcome the industry-wide challenge of energy loss and to help provide better quality of service for its customers across Jamaica,” said Eric Dresselhuys, executive vice president at California-based Silver Spring Networks. “The breadth of Silver Spring’s offerings, combined with the speed of deployment, is cutting-edge compared with other technologies. By selecting an open, standards-based platform, we can help ensure that Jamaica’s interests will be protected for years to come.”
 
The open, standards-based technology helps utilities tailor and scale smart energy to meet their objectives. Silver Spring has delivered 23.6 million critical infrastructure products across varied dense urban and rural topographies on five continents, including across islands that face remote location and other unique challenges.
 
Pacific Power has selected Silver Spring to provide the platform for an advanced metering infrastructure for approximately 600,000 homes and businesses across 180 communities in Oregon. The company will deploy its multi-application Gen 5 IPv6 platform to provide two-way communications for advanced metering that can help Pacific Power serve its customers, improve grid maintenance and reliability, and offer operational efficiencies.
 
"Our smart meter investment is another key step towards the energy grid of the future here in Oregon," said Stefan Bird, president and CEO of Pacific Power. "By partnering with Silver Spring Networks, we will be able to offer our customers real benefits, while generating savings that exceed the costs over the life of the meters.”
 
The initial phase of the Pacific Power advanced metering and customer engagement programme is expected to begin this year, with meter deployment planned to start in early 2018 and run until mid-2019.