TEC to offer Tantalus smart grid solutions to Texas utilities
TEC is the statewide association representing the interests of 65 electric distribution cooperatives and nine generation and transmission cooperatives across Texas
Raleigh, N.C., March 31, 2011 — Tantalus and Texas Electric Cooperatives entered into a business alliance through which TEC will offer TUNet smart grid communications technology to electric cooperatives and municipal utilities throughout Texas.
The alliance with Tantalus enables TEC to offer its member cooperatives — as well as municipal utilities — support for both wired and wireless platforms for implementing the energy-efficient and cost-saving attributes of smart grid technology.
Andrews expects that with expanding broadband access across Texas, many communities will be looking at ways to leverage a fiber-to-the-home network for smart grid functionality provided by Tantalus.
For others, eliminating high cost reads and providing end-of-line locations with top quality service is a priority. The 220 MHz ultra long range wide area network is ideal for utilities with vast service territories that require split second, two way communications with communities, farms and distribution equipment.
TUNet operates as a utility's private communications network, which helps keep operating costs low and reliability high. TUNet-enabled smart meters and load control devices can be surgically deployed anywhere within the coverage area, which enables a utility to target high need, high value accounts first, then expand functionality at its own pace.
To date, three Texas utilities have deployed Tantalus technology, including Lamb County Electric Cooperative, which uses its TUNet system to selectively enact load shed events on high-powered irrigation pumps during critical peak periods.
Tantalus' unique ability to identify which pumps are in operation and provide time-stamped records of how long a curtailment was in effect, adds precision and speed to load shed activities.