Ameren Missouri, a St. Louis, Missouri-based utilities company, recently announced its Smart Meter Project, wherein the company will be deploying 1.4 million advanced meters and a utility IoT network. The Missouri-based utilities company’s decision follows its recent agreement with Swiss multinational corporation – Landis+Gyr, which will be deploying its Gridstream Connect solution, which includes supplying 1.27 million advanced electricity meters and 130,000 gas meters, to Ameren in support for its Smart Meter Project.
In addition to this, the Ameren – Landis+Gyr contract also deals with the extension of Landis+Gyr’s meter data management system (MDMS), Command Center head-end system, and services covering network monitoring and maintenance. The network deployments are scheduled for Jan. 2020.
“The new technology not only helps grid resiliency and efficiency but also provides a platform for customers to make informed energy management decisions,” stated Jeff Esserman, director of Ameren Missouri’s Smart Meter Program Strategy and Implementation. “Updating metering and networking infrastructure is a significant part of Ameren Missouri’s Smart Energy Plan to transform and modernize the energy grid for future generations, as well as the way customers receive and consume energy. Our plan creates a smarter, stronger and more integrated system that offers more energy options while enabling more control for our customers.”
“The contract builds on our more-than-20-year relationship with Ameren Missouri, which was one of the first utilities to operate a fixed-network meter reading system, and is a key part of the utility’s Smart Energy Plan as a platform for future energy management initiatives,” mentioned Prasanna Venkatesan, president and CEO of the Americas region at Landis+Gyr. “With Gridstream Connect, the utility has the ability to run a variety of applications and connect with sensors and devices across the system to ensure long-term support for customer engagement, distributed energy resource (DER) integration, and improved reliability.”