Duck River Electric Membership Corp. is upgrading its smart grid infrastructure by implementing advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), smart grid meter data management, and other smart grid applications from AT&T.
DREMC is the fourth largest electric cooperative in Tennessee, serving about 71,000 members. The utility came to AT&T to upgrade their smart grid infrastructure, reduce operational costs and improve customer service.
The key components of the AT&T Smart Grid solution for Duck River Electric include:
· AMI for electric meters, which enables wireless communication of up to date information on electricity consumption and voltage. The devices send notifications when electricity is lost or voltage levels are abnormal, and allow DREMC to take immediate action.
· Meter data management (MDM) for managing the new information from smart grid devices, such as smart meters, sensors, and the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, allowing DREMC to increase service reliability and provide new services like prepaid electricity to members.
· Professional and project management services that integrate all solution components.