The co-op, Florida’s fifth largest, is a one of a few co-ops nationwide to receive an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant from the United States Department of Energy for its smart grid program. It is currently installing Sensus electric meters, equipped with remote connect and disconnect, and iPERL residential water meters, both of which are being read by the Sensus FlexNet communications network.
Jeremy Nelms, Engineering Manager for Talquin, says the smart grid program replaces “an aging system that for seventy years required our members to submit their own electric meter reads each month. The new system will notify us when an outage occurs and when power is restored—an important benefit given that our members are located in a tropical storm and hurricane prone area.”
For its water customers, Talquin is adopting wireless meters reading to improve data accuracy and timeliness and reduce the number of utility truck rolls.
Talquin reports it chose the Sensus FlexNet system, a point-to-multi-point network based on open standards, because of its long-range transmission power via primary-use, FCC-licensed spectrum. Talquin also purchased the FlexNet Home Server software solution to support future program expansion for home energy management, implementing ZigBee technology as well as pre-pay billing options.
Randolph Wheatley, vice president of marketing for Sensus, notes, “Not only has the FlexNet system been proven in the field in more than 300 projects, it can support electric, water and gas utility customers on a single communications network. FlexNet will reliably serve Talquin’s members today and can easily scale to support future network applications including distribution automation and demand response.”
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