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Western Personnel Deploying AMI Equipment

Western Cooperative personnel are continuing to deploy the planned Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI) system in the Western Territory, and should be completed by the end of the 1st quarter in 2017!

Technology used by utilities continues to evolve.  Methods of measuring electrical usage have become more intelligent, as a result.  Disappearing are the old electro-mechanical meters, making way for modern digital electronic meters and support structure, allowing for more than just reading a members’ electricity usage in their homes.  It helps keep the lights on, lowers energy costs, and promotes energy independence.

Western Cooperative and the new Gridstream AMI system (from Landis + Gyr) will help keep the lights on by replacing aging meters, allowing for more efficient operation of the system.  That, in turn, helps decrease brownouts, blackouts, and surges.  The meters will also work in conjunction with equipment on the lines and in substations to make sure that members receive reliable and consistent power.  When there are issues, Western will be able to more readily identify, troubleshoot, and remediate the causes, restoring power more quickly.

AMI technology has been proven to provide benefits and pay for itself rather quickly, though it is no doubt a fairly large undertaking.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call Western at 800-456-6720, stop by our office in WaKeeney, or email us at western@westerncoop.com.

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