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PAX River Advanced Metering Infrastructure
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Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO)
Hughesville, Maryland

Forming an AMI Smart Grid Strategy | SMECO

PAX River Advanced Metering Infrastructure

Client: Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO)
Location: Hughesville, Maryland
Relationship: Since 2008

Black & Veatch is advising SMECO on its smart grid strategy, including installation of the electrical cooperative's advanced metering infrastructure.

Black & Veatch gives its clients access to a unique group of industry-recognized experts in the electric utility and smart grid industry. Black & Veatch has applied this expertise at Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) to help formulate a smart grid strategy. This plan leverages known technologies and lays a solid foundation for future smart grid capabilities that are critical to the long-term success of the customer-owned utility.

Maryland enacted EmPOWER legislation that envisioned a statewide 15 percent reduction in total electric usage on a per capita basis by 2015. SMECO and other Maryland utilities must adopt practices and technologies to help reach these goals.

As a part of developing an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) business case and AMI vendor-selection process, Black & Veatch worked collaboratively with the cooperative to examine its operating strategies and technology road map. Black & Veatch made specific recommendations that are incorporated into SMECO’s longer-term smart grid strategy.

Black & Veatch is leading SMECO through a meter data management selection process and a systems integrator selection process. While a traditional AMI system pulls data in, the meter data management system goes beyond the basics and adds validation, estimating and editing. The differences improve the quality of the information the utility collects. More – and better – information helps manage the electric grid more effectively.

Expanding its ability to gather 24 meter readings every day, rather than a typical once-per-month meter read, gives SMECO a more accurate depiction of its customers’ energy consumption. The difference? Better information enables the utility to better plan to meet electric demand and meet Maryland’s state regulations.

“They're helping us give our customers the tools they need to save money.”
David Johnson / SMECO