Trilliant, Landis+Gyr Deploy Smart Meters for Ontario Utilities, Growing North American AMI
Trilliant Incorporated, the leader in delivering intelligent networks that power the Smart Grid, and Landis+Gyr, the global leader in energy management solutions, today announced the deployment of an advanced metering infrastructure project, involving three Canadian utilities in Ontario and more than 350,000 residential smart meters. The announcement was made today at the EEI Annual Convention/Expo in Toronto.
The Trilliant and Landis+Gyr project provides a next generation energy management solution for Hydro One, one of the ten largest utility companies in North America; subsidiary Hydro One Brampton; and Milton Hydro Distribution, which serves one of the fastest-growing communities in Canada.
Under the venture, launched in 2006, the partners have delivered more than 350,000 Trilliant SecureMesh™ Communications enabled Landis+Gyr FOCUS™ residential meters, which support advanced metering, demand response, and time-of-use rates.
With significant technological progress and encouragement from lawmakers and regulators, Smart Grid communications are expected to revolutionize energy management and grid reliability across the globe. These intelligent communications solutions provide utilities with a two-way flow of data required to manage energy use, efficiency and demand response and network protection. Consumers benefit from lower energy costs, and, crucially, a reduced carbon footprint.
“Ontario has deservedly earned a reputation as one of the leaders in the adoption of Smart Grid technologies and practices,” said Bill Vogel, Founder, Senior Vice President Strategic Development of Trilliant. “These three utilities are effectively putting in place a template for other utility companies to follow, and we’re proud to have played a role in that process.”
Recent studies have confirmed that smart metering when combined with time-of-use rates can significantly reduce energy consumption. In Ontario, researchers noted that a demand reduction of 6.5% was possible simply from customers having access to data provided by smart meters.
“Smart metering is revolutionizing energy management and driving Smart Grid adoption around the world,” said Richard Mora, President and CEO of Landis+Gyr’s Energy Management Products division. “Our combined efforts with Trilliant continue to demonstrate that when electricity customers are armed with information about their usage, they will respond in a way that means lower rates, lower risk of service interruption, and an overall reduction in carbon emissions.”
According to a recent Brattle Group study, a five percent drop in peak demand in the U.S. would eliminate the need for installing and running some 625 infrequently used peaking power plants, translating into annual savings of $3 billion.
Landis+Gyr is the leading provider of integrated energy management solutions tailored to energy company needs. With a global presence and a reputation for quality and innovation, Landis+Gyr is 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$1.25 billion, Landis+Gyr operates in 30 countries across five continents, and employs over 5,000 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better. For more information please visit www.landisgyr.com.