GE Digital Energys MDS Mercury 3650 radios along with engineering services, network design, project management, and support services, will support the transmission of electric utility meter data over the AMS network from consumers homes and businesses to CenterPoint Energys data center.
The Advanced Metering System is our first step in developing a smart grid comprised of technology, automation and electrical infrastructure integration, said Kenny Mercado, Senior Vice President of Advanced Metering Deployment, CenterPoint Energy.
As one of the leading energy delivery companies in the U.S., CenterPoint Energy understands the significant impact that innovative GE technology and engineering services have on business performance, said Larry Sollecito, President and CEO, GE Digital Energy.
GE is committed to helping customers transform and modernize todays electrical grid to a more reliable, efficient and intelligent system from a power plant to a consumer.
In March 2009, CenterPoint Energy began replacing existing electric meters with smart meters. More than 145,000 smart meters will be installed across the Houston area by the end of 2009. The AMS will be deployed during the next five years to over 2.4 million consumers within a 5,000 square mile service area around metropolitan Houston.
The reliability, ruggedness and long distance capabilities of the MDS Mercury 3650 radios will be key in supporting CenterPoint Energys Advanced Metering System, said Sollecito.
Once the AMS, including the communications infrastructure, is installed retail electric providers (REPs) would be able to offer new products and services to their consumers, such as giving consumers the ability to monitor their energy usage and energy prices in real time from computer screens in their homes. Consumers could know how much electricity their appliances are using as well as what electricity rates they are paying at any given time.
Additionally, consumers could be able to remotely control their appliances via the Internet. For example, consumers on vacation would now be able to turn on their lights at night or adjust the air conditioner while they are away.