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Arizona Utility Selects Cellnet+Hunt for Advanced Metering Project

Sulphur Springs Valley Electric Cooperative (SSVEC), a utility serving 38,000 customers across four counties of southeastern Arizona, has chosen Cellnet+Hunt's TS2 system for two-way advanced metering.

SSVEC, a Cellnet+Hunt TS1 customer since 2001, cited Cellnet+Hunt's dependable service and reliable technology as key factors in the decision to add more than 30,000 two-way smart meters as part of a system upgrade project. Sulphur Springs selected Cellnet+Hunt following a competitive review of available market alternatives.

SSVEC plans to leverage the expanded functionality of TS2 to bring advanced metering to the urban areas of its service territory including the city of Sierra Vista, which has a population over 40,000. In total, SSVEC manages over 4,000 miles of power delivery lines across a widely dispersed
service territory that incorporates portions of Cochise, Graham, Pima, and Santa Cruz Counties. At present SSVEC uses the Cellnet+Hunt TS1 system to manage automated meter reading for nearly 22,000 of its more remotely located members.

SSVEC will use the capabilities of its new Cellnet+Hunt TS2 advanced metering platform to support time-of-use (TOU) rate programs for its members. The TOU rate programs will complement renewable and energy efficiency programs in place including the Sun Watts solar power program and the Touchstone Home Energy Efficiency program.

As part of the TS2 deployment project, SSVEC will deploy over 30,000 new Landis+Gyr and General Electric solid state electric meters. The TS2 system includes remote service connect and disconnect capabilities. SSVEC will complete its TS2 deployment in phases scheduled to conclude in 2010.

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