Kosciusko REMC Selects Landis+Gyr Gridstream RF for Advanced Metering Project
Kosciusko REMC, the Indiana based electric cooperative has selected Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream RF Smart Grid solution for its advanced metering project. Starting early 2012, Kosciusko REMC will start rolling out Landis+Gyr’s E350 FOCUS AX-SD residential meters, E650 S4e commercial meters and Gridstream RF mesh network technology. The programme is expected to run for 18 months and include all 18 thousand members.
The new Landis+Gyr infrastructure will provide access to members metering data through an online portal and improve outage notification. According to Steve Rhodes, President and CEO of Kosciusko REMC. "Gridstream will provide access to information and the ability to remotely manage our distribution system in ways that will help us enhance customer service, lower costs and improve overall efficiency."
Other programs the utility is considering are prepaid metering and home area networking. The residential meters Kosciusko REMC is installing include integrated remote service switches and ZigBee communications for home area network applications. The integrated service switch will allow the utility to offer prepaid metering as an alternative to high deposits, and the utility also plans to test smart thermostats and other in-home devices with interested members.