Following a successful pilot in Worcester, National Grid could bring Itron technology to the rest of its 1.3 million customers in the US state
National Grid, one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world, has recommended Itron as its advanced metering functionality (AMF) solution provider in Massachusetts.
Following a successful pilot programme in Worcester city, the utility has proposed use of Itron’s OpenWay smart grid platform to meet the AMF objectives of its grid modernisation plan in the state.
According to Itron, OpenWay would enable access to near real-time data, outage and restoration notification, two-way communication and control capabilities.
AMF will enable grid modernisation objectives of improved outage management, demand optimisation, distributed resource integration, and workforce and asset management.
As part of the AMF proposal, Itron would also design and implement a comprehensive communications network and cyber security infrastructure in support of other aspects of National Grid’s proposed grid modernisation plan.
If approved, the multi-purpose network will support multiple smart grid applications, including grid monitoring, Volt VAR optimisation, advanced distribution automation, demand response, distributed generation, theft detection, smart metering and consumer programs.
Itron also claims National Grid would be better positioned to improve reliability and resiliency of electricity service in the face of increasingly extreme weather as well as empower consumers with opportunities to better manage and reduce electricity costs.
National Grid’s proposal is subject to approval from the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, which ordered the filing of a 10-year grid modernisation plan consistent with state policy objectives, and subject to National Grid and Itron agreeing on contract terms.