Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association has selected Landis+Gyr for an advanced metering solution covering its northern Colorado service territory. Over the next three years Poudre Valley will deploy an advanced two-way network combining RF Mesh and TS2 power line carrier (PLC) systems operating on a single software platform. This unique solution provides optimal coverage for meters in the utility’s suburban centers, as well as the mountainous and remote areas better suited to PLC technology.
Based in Fort Collins, Poudre Valley provides electric service to an area covering 5,760 square miles between Boulder, CO and the Wyoming border.
While portions of Poudre Valley’s territory are already equipped with the Landis+Gyr TS1 PLC system for automatic meter reading, the installation of an advanced two-way communications network will allow them to move forward with load management and power quality initiatives, including time-based pricing, load control, and outage detection. As distributed generation becomes more prevalent, the solution will also provide net metering capabilities and help the utility offset rising power costs by reducing peak loads.
Landis+Gyr’s RF Mesh infrastructure also provides a communications backbone for distribution automation and home area networks. Gary High, Vice President of Sales for Landis+Gyr’s Energy Management Solutions division, notes the deployment at Poudre Valley demonstrates the advantage of offering one of the industry’s broadest technology portfolios that best meet the needs of each utility.
“The contract with Poudre Valley is another opportunity to deliver a single advanced solution using best-fit technologies to cover a challenging territory and provide a satisfying end result for our customer,” High said.