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Kosciusko REMC Selects Advanced Metering Solution

Kosciusko REMC in Indiana has selected Landis+Gyr's Gridstream RF advanced metering solution for its smart grid infrastructure project that will begin installation in early 2012.

Kosciusko REMC plans to deploy Gridstream RF mesh network technology, E350 FOCUS AX-SD residential meters and E650 S4e commercial meters to all of its member customers over an 18-month period beginning early next year. In addition to collecting interval meter data for billing and system management, the utility plans to use the system to enhance consumer programs and operations.

Once the installation of the meters and network is complete, Kosciusko REMC members will benefit from improved outage notification, confirmed operation of load management devices, and access to metering data through an online portal.

Other programs the utility is considering are prepaid metering and home area networking. The residential meters Kosciusko REMC is installing include integrated remote service switches and ZigBee communications for home area network applications. The integrated service switch will allow the utility to offer prepaid metering as an alternative to high deposits, and the utility also plans to test smart thermostats and other in-home devices with interested members.

Landis+Gyr's Gridstream RF network technology provides an intelligent communication link across the distribution network. It uses a versatile and radio mesh network to communicate with meters, in-premise devices and distribution automation equipment. Gridstream devices use the Smart Energy Profile standard to enable communication with smart appliances and in-home units. This technology is currently being deployed to millions of residential and commercial sites across North America.

Kosciusko REMC is a cooperative electric utility based in Warsaw, Indiana. It provides electric service to nearly 18,000 members throughout Kosciusko County and parts of surrounding counties. The service territory includes a strong commercial and industrial base, representing 40 percent of the utility's energy load.

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