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Georgia electricity co-op upgrading to smart utility network

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This week Sensus said that member-owned electric cooperative GreyStone Power Corporation will be upgrading to a smart utility network.

The co-op was an early adopter of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), said Sensus, having installed AMI 10 years ago and has since realized the benefits of pre-billing and understanding its customers’ energy usage. Now, the utility will turn its eye to innovation once again and offer its 120,000 members an upgrade to a smart utility network from Sensus, a Xylem brand.

The cooperative’s smart utility network will include new residential electricity meters and an upgrade from its existing mesh technology to the FlexNetcommunication network, said Sensus. The FlexNet point-to-multipoint system provides secure, reliable, real-time customer usage data over FCC-licensed spectrum, according to the company.

GreyStone will tap the Sensus Analytics to glean actionable insights from meter data delivered across the network.

“We invested in AMI 10 years ago, and metering technology has advanced by leaps and bounds since that time,” said David Johnson, Vice President of Operations, GreyStone Power. “We identified an opportunity with Sensus to enhance our capabilities and deliver better service to our members.”

 “We expect the speed and reliability of the FlexNet network to deliver data we can use to help our members make smart decisions about their energy use,” said Johnson.

The system modernization will take place over the next three years.