ATLANTA, Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Landis+Gyr has been selected by Ameren Illinois to provide a comprehensive advanced metering and meter data management solution for the utility's comprehensive grid modernization initiative.
Ameren Illinois will deploy Landis+Gyr's Gridstream® RF mesh solution to enable two-way advanced metering. The Gridstream network supports a variety of smart grid and advanced metering functions that help utilities manage peak energy loads, improve outage response and promote energy efficiency.
"Landis+Gyr's metering solution will help Ameren Illinois to achieve aggressive performance improvement goals while positioning us to meet the energy efficiency and customer service needs of the future," said Richard J. Mark, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ameren Illinois. "As we move forward with our grid modernization and infrastructure investment plans, having the right metering and network partner will be the foundation for improving the energy delivery system today and into the 21st century."
The Ameren Illinois grid initiative – the Modernization Action Plan – was made possible by a 2011 state law that provides incentives for participating utilities to make significant upgrades to the century-old energy delivery system under a formula ratemaking process. In addition to advanced metering, Ameren Illinois plans to implement new outage-sensing technologies and fortify the existing distribution infrastructure, benefitting customers, co-workers, investors and the environment. The MAP will serve as the blueprint that will guide Ameren Illinois throughout its 10-year grid modernization program.
Ameren Illinois provides electric service to 1.2 million customers and gas service to 813,000 customers across central and southern Illinois. Ameren Illinois will install new Gridstream network and metering equipment to meet the anticipated data and communication requirements of future smart grid applications. Complementing the Gridstream solution, Landis+Gyr will also be deploying the Ecologic meter data management system.
"Landis+Gyr is excited about the opportunity to expand our existing relationship with Ameren and assist with this important project," said Jerry Figurilli, Chief Operating Officer of Landis+Gyr North America. "The Gridstream platform is fundamentally designed to support true interoperability while also maintaining industry leading scalability. Our work with Ameren also demonstrates our commitment to offering utility customers a migration strategy for adopting new technology without stranding assets."
Landis+Gyr is the leading global provider of integrated energy management products tailored to energy company needs and unique in its ability to deliver true end-to-end advanced metering solutions. Today, the Company offers the broadest portfolio of products and services in the electricity metering industry, and is paving the way for the next generation of smart grid. With annualized sales of more than US$1.5 billion, Landis+Gyr, an independent growth platform of the Toshiba Corporation (TKY:6502) and 40% owned by the Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, operates in 30 countries across five continents, and employs 5,000 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better. More information is available at landisgyr.com.
About Ameren Illinois
Ameren Illinois delivers energy to 1.2 million electric and 813,000 natural gas customers in downstate Illinois. Our mission is to meet their energy needs in a safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally responsible manner. Our service area covers more than 1,200 communities and 43,700 square miles. For more information, visit www.AmerenIllinois.com.