Using Leidos’ smart grid as a service (SGS) solution, the second phase, which is expected to be completed by September 2014, expands on the pilot phase of the project by continuing the AMI deployment. Leidos’ SGS is an integrated hardware and software solution that provides AMI, outage alerts/analysis, remote disconnect/connect capabilities, time of use, and net metering along with analytic and predictive features.
United Power chief executive officer Ron Asche says, “Leidos’ SGS solution has allowed United Power to reduce costs, enhance efficiencies, and proceed with the AMI deployment. The analytical capabilities of SGS are enabling us to better understand our infrastructure and proactively address potential problems.”
Mitzi Rea, United Power manager of information services, recalls, “We challenged Leidos to prove that its SGS solution could deliver tangible benefits when the project began. Leidos has not only proven that these benefits are possible, but Leidos also helped us find more areas for improved efficiency and enhanced member support. Part of what made the pilot project successful was that fact that Leidos staff was on-site working as part of our team every step of the way. This has been a winning combination for United Power and for our members.”
James Baxter, Leidos senior vice president for energy solutions, adds: “Our experience with United Power has validated our SGS solution and serves as an example to other utilities that there is a more economical way to navigate the growing menu of advanced metering options. SGS allows United Power and other utilities to avoid large, up-front investments and to gradually upgrade their systems on their desired schedule. We offer a solution that doesn’t require raising customer rates to pay for the latest technology.”