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LIPA to Deploy Smart Grid Demonstration Project

Long Island Power Authority has selected Landis+Gyr to deploy a smart grid demonstration project that will test consumer response to dynamic pricing signals, as well as the scalability of smart grid technology in the Route 110 corridor located in Farmingdale, New York, which is part of LIPA's service territory.

The project includes deployment of Landis+Gyr's Gridstream RF smart grid network, along with advanced meters and in-home energy displays to consumers in the town of Farmingdale on Long Island, New York. The project area, which includes the Farmingdale State College campus, was chosen because it is representative of LIPA's customer base in terms of demand levels and percentage of residential versus commercial customers.

"We are working with LIPA to demonstrate how advanced metering improves reliability, power quality and energy efficiency," said Gary High, vice president of sales at Landis+Gyr. "This involves demonstrating all of the advanced metering functions for monitoring and managing power delivery, as well as effective ways to engage consumers by providing more information about energy use and tools to improve efficiency."

LIPA and its partners, Stony Brook University and Farmingdale State College, received a smart grid investment grant from the Department of Energy to fund the project. They are using this demonstration project to provide a comprehensive assessment of the benefits of smart grid technology. In addition to advanced metering, the utility is interested in solutions to automate and control distribution devices. Deployment of the Gridstream network and advanced meters is scheduled to be completed by June of 2012.

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