Tri-State member Poudre Valley REA has contracted with Landis & Gyr for the installation and deployment of an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) on the cooperative’s 3,600 miles of power lines. The system components are a major part of Poudre Valley’s efforts in moving toward smart grid technology.
The project will include automated energy monitoring and control capabilities to help achieve greater efficiency and detect surges and interruptions in the power supply. AMI hardware and software will enable real-time grid diagnostics across the 2,000 square mile PVREA service area.
Portions of the AMI system went online in the third quarter on 2009. By the end of 2010 approximately 4,000 meters had been installed in areas surrounding Berthoud. The timeline calls for an additional 6,000 – 7,000 meters installed in 2011. Projected completion date for the project is 2014 when all 36,000 meters will be on AMI.