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United Power Orders Next Phase of 'Smart Grid As A Service'

United Power Orders Next Phase of 'Smart Grid As A Service'

Leidos has been awarded the next phase of a 10-year contract with United Power to implement an additional 20,000 meters supporting the utility's advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project. United Power is a rural electric cooperative providing service to nearly 70,000 homes and businesses throughout Colorado's northern Front Range.

Backed by Leidos' Smart Grid as a Service (SGS) offering, the second phase began in October 2013 and will be complete by September 2014. Building on the success of the pilot phase of the project, this phase continues the AMI deployment that is delivering improved efficiency and customer service for United Power.

The Leidos SGS offering is an integrated hardware and software solution that provides AMI, outage alerts/analysis, remote disconnect/connect capabilities, time of use, and net metering, as well as analytic and predictive capabilities. Leidos is also assisting United Power with refining its business processes and driving the culture change necessary to fully derive the benefits of SGS.

"We challenged Leidos to prove that its SGS solution could deliver tangible benefits when the project began. Leidos has not only proven that these benefits are possible, but Leidos also helped us find more areas for improved efficiency and enhanced member support," said Mitzi Rea, Manager of Information Services at United Power.  "Part of what made the pilot project successful was that fact that Leidos staff were on-site working as part of our team every step of the way. This has been a winning combination for United Power and for our members."

 

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