Indianapolis Power & Light Co. (IPL) and Landis+Gyr have reached agreement on a new contract that expands the utility's smart grid program and paves the way for implementation of new energy management technologies in the future.
The contract includes the addition of 350,000 advanced meters and updated network infrastructure to IPL's existing AMI program. Landis+Gyr will continue to provide network and meter management services, along with software hosting. IPL also uses Landis+Gyr's meter data management system, advanced load management system and operating software.
"We strive to keep our customers better informed and provide a higher degree of reliability. This expanded relationship with Landis+Gyr allows enhanced meter capabilities to identify, respond and communicate outage information better than ever and expand our technology capabilities to better manage the next wave of energy challenges," said Joe Bentley, senior vice president of U.S. Utility Operations for IPL. "This contract builds on the work we started in 2013 to expand AMI in our service territory and brings with it the potential for new customer engagement services."
IPL will deploy Gridstream Connect network infrastructure capable of supporting existing metering and load control devices, while enabling new technologies such as Landis+Gyr's Revelo metering platform. This next generation of grid technology amplifies the quality and amount of data available for both distribution management and consumer control of their energy use, providing better integration of renewable resources, low-cost energy management tools for consumers and improved quality of service.
Landis+Gyr's Gridstream Connect platform features Wi-SUN certified components to enable end-to-end interoperability and IoT capabilities to the grid. Combined with industry-leading meters, sensors and software applications, the system allows seamless operation of smart grid and consumer-side energy management programs.