"We hope to gain a number of operational and customer service advantages with advanced metering and the tools to effectively use the metering data," said Charles Harris, Senior Manager Business Solutions at Barbados Light & Power. "We see this technology as the key to reaching our goals for improving efficiency, power quality and reliability."
Barbados Light & Power is installing E350 FOCUS® AX-SD and E650 S4x polyphase advanced meters, and plans to add distribution automation devices, all operating on Landis+Gyr's RF network. The utility's grid management priorities include improved outage response, line loss reductions, and solar integration from both solar farms and rooftop installations.
"A growing challenge for us is integrating intermittent renewables and balancing load to reduce generation costs," Harris said. "An advanced metering network is a first step to being better able to balance these energy sources, while being able to respond to changes in peak demand. Furthermore, the Landis+Gyr network will allow Barbados Light & Power to meet its long-term goal of establishing a 100-percent clean energy power grid across the island by 2045."
The Gridstream AMI solution connects utilities with data from critical points across the distribution system, and interfaces with existing utility systems and applications to more effectively manage billing, operations, engineering and customer service. The network enables two-way communications with meters, sensors and switches to provide interval load and voltage data, and enable net metering, outage management and remote service connection capabilities.
"Barbados has a number of strong business cases to support smart grid technology," said Abe Ortega, Vice President of International Sales and Marketing at Landis+Gyr. "This project demonstrates how the Gridstream solution goes beyond advanced metering to support widescale grid management efforts."
The Barbados Light & Power Company Limited provides electric power and related services to 125,000 customers on the island of Barbados. As a leading utility in the Caribbean, Light & Power is focused on providing a safe, reliable electricity service and on maintaining excellent customer service standards. Light & Power, in keeping with the strategy of parent company Emera Inc., is dedicated to establishing the most cost-effective, clean generation mix and to charting a path towards 100% renewable energy for Barbados.
Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of integrated energy management solutions for the utility sector. Offering the broadest portfolio of products and services to address complex industry challenges, the company delivers comprehensive solutions for the foundation of a smarter grid including; smart metering, distribution network sensing and automation tools, load control, analytics and energy storage. Landis+Gyr operates in 31 countries across five continents as an independent growth platform of the Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502) and is also 40% owned by the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ). With annualized sales of more than US$1.5 billion, the company employs 5,700 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better. More information is available at landisgyr.com
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