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CPS Energy Partners To Grow Smart Grid Network

CPS Energy, a large gas and electric combined municipal utility, and Silver Spring Networks have partnered to support San Antonio’s smart grid development, helping drive increased energy efficiency, automating energy distribution, and improving grid reliability. 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.

The partnership includes:

  • Growing the New Energy Economy: Underpinning the clean energy future is a modern, reliable, secure and efficient energy infrastructure built to power the next generation of economic growth and productivity. To drive those efforts, 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. 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.
  • Silicon Valley Leader to Open San Antonio Office: 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.
  • The New Energy Economy Scholarship & Intern Program: CPS Energy and Silver Spring Networks will establish a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) scholarship and intern-training program, supporting students at universities in San Antonio with a goal of creating permanent, new energy-sector jobs in the San Antonio area.
Silver Spring Networks provides an 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.
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