Energy & Power
Transmission & Distribution
EPCOR completes advanced metering deployment in Edmonton
By Anthony Capkun
June 21, 2017 – Landis+Gyr announced completion of a multi-year grid modernization project with EPCOR that included deployment of the Gridstream AMI solution for advanced metering infrastructure and grid management in Edmonton.
“Advanced metering is one of the key first steps in our smart grid plan to improve operational efficiency, resource planning and system reliability,” said EPCOR’s Rob Reimer. “By improving billing accuracy and meter functionality—along with having regular access to demand, load and voltage data across our system—we are better able to support operations, customer engagement and our energy efficiency goals.”
EPCOR provides electric service to nearly 395,000 residential and commercial customers in its Edmonton service territory. Landis+Gyr says its network infrastructure and advanced meters are already enabling improvements to billing, customer service and outage management. Voltage data and other indicators also provide support for system troubleshooting and power quality management.
In addition to advanced metering, EPCOR is looking at ways to leverage the network for communication with intelligent grid devices for applications like fault detection and distribution switching operations, says Landis+Gyr.
The EPCOR project represents the third large-scale advanced metering deployment for Landis+Gyr in Canada, following the completion of projects at Fortis Alberta and Hydro-Quebec.
Landis+Gyr’s RF mesh network provides IPv6-capable endpoints and intelligent routers promising flexible communication options for connecting a variety of energy management equipment, such as load management devices, streetlight controllers, distribution automation devices and home area network equipment.