Horizon Power has selected Silver Spring Networks’ IPv6 network platform for an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project affecting 47,000 customers. With the initiative, Horizon Power becomes the first distribution utility in Australia to pursue a non-mandated smart meters deployment featuring a pre-payment program.
The Western Australian Government is investing $34 million for the AMI program and other initiatives to reduce operating costs associated with customer service and servicing meters in remote locations. Silver Spring’s partner SmartGridCIS is providing the technology for the pre-payment program.
Eric Dresselhuys, Silver Spring Networks’ executive vice president of global sales says, “We are honored to be working with Horizon Power to bring critical energy infrastructure to one of the largest geographic utility service terrains on earth. By deploying the Silver Spring multi-application network platform, Horizon Power should be able to leverage modern grid technology to deliver its services more efficiently.”
Horizon Power managing director Frank Tudor adds: “Silver Spring’s multi-application smart grid platform will help us deliver benefits to our customers and set up a platform for future benefits to allow customers to better manage their energy use. The technology should also allow us to reduce the cost of providing electricity to our customers by removing the need to manually read our meters as well as automating the reconnect and disconnect process when customers move, which now can take our crews a number of days given the vastness of our service area.”
Horizon Power is a Western Australian government owned utility and its service territory of approximately 2.3 million square kilometers (888,000 square miles) is one of the most sparsely populated in the world.