Silver Spring Networks to deploy smart meters in Washington
Under the contract, the company will connect nearly 47,000 customers with smart meters
Silver Spring Networks announced a contract with Grant County Public Utility District (Grant PUD) for the deployment of smart meters. Grant PUD is a public power corporation that generates and sells electricity across a 2,777-square mile service area in Central Washington and the Pacific Northwest.
Under the smart metering program, Silver Spring’s 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, the company said.
“As the backbone of power distribution in the U.S., 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.”
“We see this program as additional momentum in a recent wave of municipal and public power communities planning to modernize 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,” said Craig Lawson, SVP – North America, Silver Spring Networks.
Earlier this month, the company announced its first international smart street light control program with Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS). JPS is an integrated electric utility company and the sole distributor of electricity in Jamaica serving over 600,000 customers. JPS will extend its existing Silver Spring IPv6 platform to connect up to 110,000 smart LED street lights in population centers around the island including Kingston, Spanish Town, Negril, and Falmouth.
Silver Spring Networks has already delivered over 26 million enabled devices on five continents. The company works with public power and municipal utilities across the U.S., 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.