JEA Extends Contract with Landis+Gyr
ATLANTA, Jan. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — JEA has signed a five-year extension of its services agreement with Landis+Gyr for management of the utility's advanced metering network. The new agreement extends the contract from 2016 until 2021.
JEA’s advanced metering program for electric and water meters has operated under a managed service agreement with Landis+Gyr since 2001. Under this agreement, Landis+Gyr deploys, maintains and operates the advanced metering network and provides data management services for the utility.
“Before extending our contract, we reviewed the option of taking over operation of our advanced metering network. But after a brief study, we concluded this was the best option for us and our customers at this time,” said Marlene Murphy-Roach, Vice President of Customer Relations at JEA. “Our Landis+Gyr team provides the skill and performance our customers expect and this made the decision to continue the relationship the right one.”
JEA’s network collects daily metering data from 730,000 electric and water endpoints. In April of this year, the utility began adding Gridstream™ infrastructure to its network to provide full two-way communications with endpoint devices. Among other benefits, Gridstream allows the utility to add more energy efficiency and payment options, such as prepaid metering, while enhancing reliability with automated outage detection.
“We are excited by the opportunity to continue providing network and data management services for JEA under this agreement,” said Prasanna Venkatesan, Senior Vice President of Systems and Services at Landis+Gyr. “This agreement allows the utility to continue utilizing existing investments to access and analyze metering data, while being able to add new technology to expand network capabilities in the future.”
Landis+Gyr offers the option of network and data management services to utilities as part of its smart grid solutions business. The company currently manages advanced meter networks for 20 utilities representing 15 million electric, gas and water meters.
JEA owns and operates the largest community-owned utility in Florida and the eighth largest in the United States. The utility’s electric system currently serves more than 417,000 electric customers in Jacksonville and parts of three adjacent counties. JEA's water system serves more than 305,000 water customers and 230,000 sewer customers in Northeast Florida.
Landis+Gyr is the leading provider of integrated energy management solutions tailored to energy company needs. With a global presence and a reputation for quality and innovation, Landis+Gyr is unique in its ability to deliver true end-to-end advanced metering solutions. Today, the Company offers the broadest portfolio of products and services in the electricity metering industry, and is paving the way for the next generation of smart grid. With annualized sales of more than US$1.25 billion, Landis+Gyr operates in over 30 countries across five continents, and employs nearly 5,000 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better. More information is available at landisgyr.com.
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