CPS Energy, Silver Spring Networks to deploy smart grid in San Antonio

Municipal utility CPS Energy has selected Silver Spring Networks to deploy a smart grid network to support its 740,000 electric and 340,000 natural gas customers in the Greater San Antonio area.

Through this partnership, CPS Energy and Silver Spring Networks will lay the groundwork to implement smart energy and Smart City technology across CPS Energy’s service territory.

The partnership also is an expansion of San Antonio’s New Energy Economy initiative, an innovative effort that helps citizens use energy wisely and protects our environment, while creating valuable economic development opportunities and education investment for San Antonio’s future.

In addition to providing smart grid networking services, Silver Spring will help expand the initiative’s economic development, job creation and workforce development efforts.

In addition to advanced metering, CPS Energy will also leverage Silver Spring’s standards-based smart grid networking platform to roll out a Distribution Automation initiative across the service territory and extend availability of CPS Energy’s demand reduction programs.

Silver Spring Networks will open an office in San Antonio to employ product testing and engineering personnel, professional technical consultants, technical operations teams and a variety of permanent staff. This office will also work to develop strategic partnerships with other local companies.

Silver Spring Networks provides a high-performance IPv6-based network that establishes a communications foundation for all of a city’s assets. Its high-bandwidth capabilities enable support for a myriad of solutions including smart energy metering, smart street lighting, environmental sensors, traffic signals, electric vehicles, information panels, and parking meters, among others.

CPS Energy provides service to about 740,000 electric and 340,000 natural gas customers in the Greater San Antonio area.

Silver Spring Networks customers include major utilities around the globe such as Baltimore Gas & Electric, CitiPower & Powercor, Commonwealth Edison, CPS Energy, Florida Power & Light, Jemena Electricity Networks, Pacific Gas & Electric, Pepco Holdings Inc. and Progress Energy, among others.

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