Crow Wing Power selects Tantalus Systems for smart grid, AMI

The Minnesota utility is the first to adopt the enhanced TUNet platform with integrated demand management

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Tantalus Systems said Minnesota-based Crow Wing Power will implement TUNet – the Tantalus Utility Network, a multi-application smart grid platform, for its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and integrated demand management capabilities.

The electric cooperative will be one of the first utilities to use the new TUNet Insight, an analytics platform.

Crow Wing Power serves 37,000 members across Crow Wing, Cass and Morrison counties in the Brainerd Lakes area of central Minnesota. Like many other electric utilities across the upper Midwest, Crow Wing Power relies heavily on a variety of load management systems to control demand surges during the extreme temperature differences from winter to summer.

The utility sought new technologies capable of seamlessly transmitting low-latency granular data from meters to a utility operation center to streamline internal processes, enhance grid reliability and improve customer satisfaction.

TUNet’s communication infrastructure will deliver energy consumption data from across the Crow Wing Power distribution grid to utility managers up to every fifteen minutes, as opposed to the industry-standard: one to four times a day via batched delivery. The near-immediate accessibility of this data, through TUNet Insight, will improve the utility’s ability to garner actionable management insights and make real-time decisions, simplifying utility operations and improving customer service.

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