CPS Energy, a big electric and natural gas utility company in Texas that is also one of the largest in the nation, looks to be moving forward with plans for a large scale roll out of smart meter technology. Landis+Gyr, who will supply the technology to CPS for this deployment, said more than one million electric and natural gas customers in San Antonio, Texas will see this fully rolled out by 2015. It joins rival Oncor in pushing smart grid roll out in the Lone Star state.
Landis+Gyr says this isn’t the only place in Texas where its smart grid technology is deployed – more than five million smart meters are being put in with different utilities, amounting to what is said to be “the equivalent of equipping one in every two Texas households with the power to manage energy better.” The CPS Energy smart metering solution, like similar projects around the country, is a two way communication solution between gear in home and at the utility that offers “advanced metering, distribution automation and personal energy management communications.”
“CPS Energy’s investment in Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) over the next several years will be the technological foundation for our smart grid,” said Anthony Hawkins, CPS Energy Director of System Measurement & Technology, in a statement. “The information derived from AMI will improve operational efficiency and reliability as well as empower consumers to manage their energy use and make more informed decisions in future years.”