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Silver Spring brings advanced metering to Grant County

Steve Rogerson
July 5, 2017



Silver Spring Networks has been selected for an advanced metering programme with Grant County Public Utility District (Grant PUD), a public power corporation that generates and sells electricity across a 7000 square kilometre service area in central Washington and the Pacific Northwest.
 
The standards-based Gen5 network platform will connect approximately 47,000 Grant PUD advanced metering customers to help deliver operational savings, improve service reliability, and enable greater energy efficiency.
 
“As the backbone of power distribution in the USA, public power needs technology that is flexible enough to meet its own set of unique challenges,” said Chuck Allen, public affairs officer for Grant PUD. “As a proven end-to-end provider of standards-based networks for the smart grid value chain, Silver Spring’s technology will be integral in the success of the Grant PUD roll-out.”
 
Craig Lawson, senior vice president of California-based Silver Spring Networks, added: “We see this programme as additional momentum in a recent wave of municipal and public power communities planning to modernise their infrastructure through powerful two-way communications. By deploying a standards-based and future-proofed network, backed by Silver Spring’s professional support services, rural communities can deploy advanced meter solutions more rapidly and successfully. We are excited to deliver this deployment to Grant PUD, and are committed to delivering a system that has been designed to fit public power members’ requirements.”
 
Silver Spring Networks, with more than 26 million enabled devices delivered on five continents, works with public power and municipal utilities across the USA, including American Municipal Power, Choptank Electric Cooperative, City Utilities of Springfield, CPS Energy, Golden Valley Electric Association, Modesto Irrigation District, New Braunfels Utilities, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Snohomish County Public Utility District.