GE‘s Digital Energy business and the city of Skiatook, Oklahoma announced plans to implement GE’s advanced Grid IQ Solutions as a Service (SaaS) grid-modernization technology. The SaaS offerings provide cities and utilities with the benefits of a modern grid without requiring the large staff or up-front capital typically needed to do so.
The addition of this technology will enable Skiatook to respond to changing energy dynamics via a cohesive network, modern meters and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) for its utility grids. The system provided by GE can be accessed by a utility company for a monthly subscription fee making a modernized grid accessible for utilities of all sizes.
Working with GE, the city of Skiatook will receive a pre-integrated package of services ranging from electric and water meter services for the city’s AMI, to prepaid electric billing and a consumer Web portal. In addition, the package includes services such as outage detection, asset monitoring and support for Skiatook’s utility grid for the first 10 years of service.
This complete grid-modernization solution will provide the city a faster deployment of electric and water meters and reduce excess costs associated with the management of its entire utility grid. Utility customers will get a better understanding of their electric and water usage data, helping them to take control of their energy usage and make informed decisions about how and when they use their energy in the future.