Tantalus, a provider of smart grid communications, announced the completion of several advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) deployments within the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the nation’s largest public power provider.
TVA is comprised of 155 distribution utilities serving more than 9 million customers spread across seven southeastern states. This news was announced in conjunction with the 68th Annual Conference of the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association (TVPPA) in Point Clear, Alabama.
Tantalus had been selected by numerous utilities within TVA for the design and implementation of the Tantalus Utility Network, a hybrid 200 MHz/900 MHz wireless that can simultaneously use FTTH/Ethernet to form a single AMI communications platform. These utilities use both Itron and GE smart meters and are now complete or nearing completion of their systems.
Utilities such as Chattanooga EPB, Bristol Virginia Utilities, Johnson City Power Board, Jackson Energy Authority, Lenoir City Utilities Board, Morristown Utility Systems, Pulaski Electric System, Newport Utilities and Appalachian Electric Cooperative have used TUNet AMI functionality for several years and have recently begun to transition to layering advanced applications on their base smart grid networks.
These utilities boast full-scale two-way smart metering platforms that support interval and on-demand meter reads, remote disconnect/reconnect services, instantaneous outage reporting, and over-the-air firmware upgrades. Many have also utilized integrations into existing utility OMS, SCADA, MDM, and billing systems, further enhancing their smart grid implementation strategies.