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Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative Selects Silver Spring Networks for Sustainable Grid Initiative

Silver Spring Networks been selected by Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative to provide the network infrastructure as well as smart grid applications and hosting services for its Sustainable Grid initiative.

The program is part of Bluebonnet’s larger initiative to use next-generation Smart Grid technologies to network homes and businesses across 14 Central Texas counties. Silver Spring’s Smart Energy Platform will allow Bluebonnet to empower members with more information to help manage their energy use and save money, without compromising their lifestyles. The program will also help Bluebonnet maintain competitive electricity rates and continue to deliver reliable service to its membership.

In support of Bluebonnet’s efforts, Silver Spring will provide its Smart Energy Platform, comprising a secure and field-proven IP network, Smart Grid applications and network administration software. The network platform supports the use of multiple transport technologies to address the coverage challenges of Bluebonnet’s rural service territory. Silver Spring will host Bluebonnet’s Smart Grid applications via Software as a Service (SaaS) to speed implementation and lower costs. The network administration software allows for over-the-air device configuration, upgrades and management. Roll out is slated to begin this year.

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