ATLANTA, April 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) has selected Landis+Gyr to deploy a smart grid demonstration project that will test consumer response to dynamic pricing signals, as well as the scalability of smart grid technology in the Route 110 corridor located in Farmingdale, NY which is part of LIPA's service territory.
The project includes deployment of Landis+Gyr's Gridstream™ RF smart grid network, along with advanced meters and in-home energy displays to consumers in the town of Farmingdale on Long Island, NY. The project area, which includes the Farmingdale State College campus, was chosen because it is representative of LIPA's customer base in terms of demand levels and percentage of residential versus commercial customers.
"We are working with LIPA to demonstrate how advanced metering improves reliability, power quality and energy efficiency," said Gary High, Vice President of Sales at Landis+Gyr. "This involves demonstrating all of the advanced metering functions for monitoring and managing power delivery, as well as effective ways to engage consumers by providing more information about energy use and tools to improve efficiency."
LIPA and its partners, Stony Brook University and Farmingdale State College, received a Smart Grid Investment Grant from the Department of Energy to fund the project. They are using this demonstration project to provide a comprehensive assessment of the benefits of smart grid technology. In addition to advanced metering, the utility is interested in solutions to automate and control distribution devices. Deployment of the Gridstream network and advanced meters is scheduled to be completed by June of 2012.
"We will be evaluating strategies for using smart grid technology to improve energy efficiency and help our customers to better manage their costs while providing excellent reliability and customer service," said Michael D. Hervey, Chief Operating Officer for the Long Island Power Authority. "The Gridstream network was chosen because of the ability of the network to support our advanced metering, distribution automation and home energy management goals for this evaluation."
Gridstream RF technology uses a highly versatile and proven radio mesh network to communicate with meters, in-premise devices and distribution automation equipment. Gridstream devices use the Smart Energy Profile standard to enable communication with smart appliances and in-home units. This technology is currently being deployed to millions of residential and commercial sites across North America.
Based in Uniondale, NY, LIPA is a non-profit municipal electric provider that owns and operates the retail electric transmission and distribution system on Long Island and provides electric service to more than 1.1 million customers in Nassau and Suffolk counties and the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens. LIPA is the second largest municipal electric utility in the nation in terms of electric revenues, third largest in terms of customers served and the seventh largest in terms of electricity delivered.
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, a standalone 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.