Accenture reports: “This represents one of the largest new Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) deployments in North America and the contract signing follows approval from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.”
FirstEnergy’s installation of more than two million smart meters over the next several years will enable the company to meet all the functional and business requirements outlined in Act 129 passed by the Pennsylvania legislature in 2008.
Under the terms of a multi-year agreement, Accenture Smart Grid Services will provide program management, business process design, change impact and communications, vendor management, solution architecture, testing, and smart metering network operations.
FirstEnergy’s John Dargie says, “Smart meters will ultimately create a two-way communication between us and our customers that will help us better understand their energy needs, improve our service, and balance supply and demand more efficiently. After a rigorous selection process, we chose Accenture due to its extensive experience in smart metering deployments and we look forward to leveraging this experience to help us de-risk the implementation and allow us to meet our timeline.
Jack Azagury, Accenture Smart Grid Services’ global managing director, adds: “We are excited to be working with FirstEnergy, one of the country’s largest utilities, on this important and transformational project. Smart metering provides a critical and foundational capability as utilities undertake the journey towards a smarter, more resilient digital grid. Our research has shown that utilities are successfully leveraging the data from smart metering solutions through advanced analytics to drive innovative customer propositions, improved reliability, and reduced cost of operations.”