Public Power Finds Big Value in Silver Spring

Posted by on October 16, 2014

Over the past few weeks, we have made a couple of announcements that demonstrate our momentum in the public power space, including our selections by City Utilities of Springfield for a ‘Triple Play’ (smart water, electric and gas) Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and for a full-scale AMI deployment with Choptank Electric Cooperative.

By looking at the business case for each of these, it becomes clear that public power utilities are really no different from Investor-Owned-Utilities (IOUs) in the types of value, such as timely access to data, remote service operations and more, that they are looking to get from their smart grid programs.

The constraints, however, are different. For the public power market, the commitment to supporting key standards, such as MultiSpeak, for technology interoperability enables easy integration and fast deployment. Additionally, these providers are seeing the value in making a single investment in a network, giving them the option to add additional smart infrastructure applications in the future. We welcome the opportunity to talk to others in the public power sector about our offerings that give them the ability to rapidly scope, deploy and deliver results for both smart grid and smart city services.

The utility industry, and Municipal and Cooperative service providers in particular, often look to each other to help define the best ways to operate and assess their own strategies based on how others are dealing with similar challenges. So don’t just take our word for it. Public providers including CPS Energy, Modesto Irrigation District, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Snohomish County Public Utility District and others, are already unlocking benefits from smart infrastructure today using the Silver Spring IPv6 network platform.

Josh Roper is the Vice President of Advanced Metering Infrastructure for Silver Spring Networks