JEA Selects Tantalus

JEA Selects Tantalus

JEA is a municipal utility that operates one of the most advanced utility-owned fiber-optic networks in the United States. The bandwidth afforded by fiber enables JEA to deploy applications such as smart thermostats and load control for residential and C&I customers, in addition to implementing smart metering to over 100,000 electric, water and gas endpoints.

JEA’s CEO Danny Wheeler says that triple play and the Smart Grid are a natural fit. “When we committed to building the EPlus network in 2004, our focus was on the new entertainment and high-speed information services we could offer. Tantalus showed us how to get additional value out of this key community asset by using it to improve behind-the-scenes functions and those that enable us to interact with consumers in ways that can save them money and conserve energy.”

Wheeler also notes that a Tantalus Homerun Network benefits businesses. “We get double duty out of EPlus as it is both the backbone for rich media services and the data pipeline to hundreds of thousands of utility endpoints – meters, load shedding devices, and smart thermostats that alert customers when different price levels are in effect.”

JEA investigated a number of AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) technologies before choosing TUNet, says Wheeler. “Tantalus stood out because of its experience in delivering a robust wireless communications network while leveraging FTTH and its full portfolio of metering and demand response products. Tantalus brings field proven experience in similar deployments and supports the interactive energy efficiency applications endorsed by the TVA.”

More than 30 utilities throughout North America now use Tantalus technology, including 10 in the Tennessee Valley. Of these, five are deploying Tantalus Homerun Networks and the balance use 220 MHz RF which provides advanced functionality over a wireless network to mountainous, densely foliated rural areas.

Eric Murray, Tantalus President & CEO, observes, “Not since the 1930s when the TVA made electricity widely available throughout the Valley has there been a modernization project this significant in the region. It’s putting cities like Jackson, Chattanooga, Pulaski, and Morristown miles ahead in their ability to provide leading edge public services and give consumers real choice and control over the way they use energy.”

JEA is a public utility that provides electric, natural gas, propane, water, wastewater, cable, voice, Internet and advanced fiber-optic broadband services to customers. For more information, visit www.jaxenergy.com.

Jackson Energy Authority (JEA) a public utility that provides electric, natural gas, propane, water, wastewater, cable, voice, Internet and advanced fiber-optic broadband services,

JEA is a municipal utility located midway between Nashville and Memphis. It operates utility-owned fiber-optic networks in the country. According to JEA, the huge bandwidth afforded by fiber enables the company to roll out a range of demand response applications such as Tantalus smart thermostats and load control for residential and C&I customers, in addition to implementing smart metering to over 100,000 electric, water and gas endpoints.

According to a press release, the deployment of Tantalus’s Homerun Network by JEA marks the fifth utility to implement the Homerun Network.
The Tantalus Homerun Network uses a utility-owned Fiber to the Home “FTTH” network for triple-play media and Smart Grid functionality.
Apart from implementing Tantalus Homerun Network, the JEA project also includes strategic deployment of electric meters equipped with remote disconnect under glass switches. These electric meters enable JEA to effectively address non-payments and move-in / move-outs directly from its operations center via TUNet, the Tantalus Utility Network.

Consequently, JEA can stop and start service rapidly, reliably and financially without a site visit.

Danny Wheeler, CEO at JEA, said, “When we committed to building the EPlus network in 2004, our focus was on the new entertainment and high-speed information services we could offer. Tantalus showed us how to get additional value out of this key community asset by using it to improve behind-the-scenes functions and those that enable us to interact with consumers in ways that can save them money and conserve energy.”
JEA had investigated a number of AMI (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) technologies before choosing TUNet. Regarding this Wheeler added, “Tantalus stood out because of its experience in delivering a robust wireless communications network while leveraging FTTH and its full portfolio of metering and demand response products. Tantalus brings field proven experience in similar deployments and supports the interactive energy efficiency applications endorsed by the TVA.”

JEA service territory spans a 272-square-mile area that includes the city of Jackson, Tennessee and parts of Madison and Gibson Counties, Tennessee.

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