In addition to utilizing the Tropos network for AMI, KCBPU is planning to eventually leverage it for other new power and water utility applications.
The cellular network we used for our AMI pilot was just unable to give us the reliability, coverage and economics we needed across our coverage area which ranges from urban to more rural areas," said Bill Johnson, manager of electric operations and technology, KCBPU.
A highly reliable communications infrastructure is a critical element in our smart grid rollout," said Don Gray, general manager, KCBPU.
On July 1, 2002, KCBPU increased electric rates by 8% for residential customers and 7.
Debt service coverage in 2001 was below average for KCBPU at 1.
Our customers and their unique needs were our primary consideration in awarding Elster this contract-we needed a Smart Grid technology partner that understood these needs and could meet our unique geographic and technology requirements for both electricity and water," said Don Gray, general manager, KCBPU.
With Elster's proven technologies, which include advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), KCBPU will install Ethernet-connected Rex3 Smart Meters and replace outdated control systems and infrastructure.
351 million in outstanding KCBPU
utility system revenue bonds.
KCBPU is confident that once eMeter EnergyIP is installed, the MDMS will serve as our Smart Metering focal point, the system of record for all meter data," said Bill Johnson, Manager of Electric Operations & Technology at KCBPU.
By implementing these appliances, Siemens will help KCBPU reduce execution and test cycle time by a considerable amount," said Thierry Godart, president Smart Grid Division, Siemens Infrastructure and Cities, North America.