Peace River Electric Cooperative successfully completed initial installation of a Sensus FlexNet utility network with iCon A electric meters and will begin system wide deployment in early 2013.
The new advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system will serve more than 34,000 members across a nearly 6,000 square mile service territory that spans ten counties in central Florida.
PRECO, which began an extended pilot of FlexNet in May 2012, selected the licensed spectrum, point-to-multipoint technology to replace the limited capabilities of an existing power line carrier system.
The higher bandwidth and interval data from FlexNet will allow for future expansion, including the introduction of multiple applications such as distribution automation and load control for demand side programs.
The FlexNet system architecture fit well with PRECO’s existing infrastructure as its asset base already included towers for base station and antenna placement. The FlexNet technology, which is based on open standards, integrated seamlessly with a Milsoft outage management system to speed up restoration to PRECO’s dispersed customer base.
PRECO expects to complete its AMI project by the end of 2015.