Smart meters are increasingly being deployed by utility companies all over the world, as they provide various advantages over the traditional meters. They provide quick outage identification and restoration of service, ability to make informed decisions and many other benefits.
Recently, South American utility Guyana Power and Light (GP&L) selected Itron, along with Tantalus, to deploy smart meters and AMI infrastructure for the utility. The project is funded by the Government of Guyana and will focus on the ‘Sustainable Operations of the Energy Sector,’ the company has said. In Guyana, this will be the first partnership between Tantalus and Itron.
Tantalus and Itron were selected based on bidding to deploy electricity meters for the customers of the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) of Guyana. The alliance will bring together Itron’s SENTINEL and CENTRON electricity meters, along with Tantalus’ communications network. Both the companies will provide a joint solution that will have features, such as smart metering in Guyana. Itron believes that the partnership between both the companies will improve the quality of technology provided.
Itron’s smart meters provide two-way communications to users with which they can build their advanced metering infrastructure. Itron's smart meters offer other facilities, such as remote upgradeability and interval data storage.
“Itron’s highly adaptable technology is designed to help utilities around the world reliably manage energy and water. We’re pleased our proven measurement devices and Tantalus’ network will provide the foundation for Guyana Power and Light’s smart metering and grid modernization project,” said Lou Gust, Itron’s vice president of Sales and Marketing electricity in North America.
The company has also announced that National Grid, a provider of electricity to about 3.4 million users in the Northeast, picked up Itron's smart grid solution. This project is an extension of 5,000 meter early field trial that begun in 2012.
Edited by Ashley Caputo