City Votes on AMI & LED Streetlight Implementation
The Mayor and City Commissioners approved the authorization of the City Manager to contract with Sensus, Raleigh, NC, to provide an Advanced Metering Infrastructure System to be installed throughout the city for an estimated capital expenditure not to exceed $20.8 million. As well as, authorizing the City Manager to contract with Metropower, Albany, GA, to upgrade the streetlights to LED throughout the city for an estimated expenditure not to exceed $6.5 million; and authorizing City Manager and Finance Director to engage the City's financial adviser, Davenport & Company, to seek and secure the most cost-effective means of funding the project. Contracts with Sensus and Metropower must be formally approved by the Mayor and Board of Commissioners.
Currently, Albany Utilities has an Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) system which provides one-way communication that requires a van to be driven to all neighborhoods to capture readings on an electronic device. The device is brought back to the office, and the files are downloaded into the billing system. For any readings that are not captured, the billing system generates a work order to re-read, then the service techs have to go back and physically re-read the meter with a hand-held device and bring it back to the office to download into the billing system. This system has reached the point where, particularly for water customers, re-reads are more the norm than the exception. Also, the majority of the meters are at the point where replacement is needed. Rather than continuing to throw money at two aging systems, staff proposes to install an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system and replace all of the high-pressure sodium street lights with LED fixtures.
For Albany Utilities, AMI will encompass much more than power. It will include gas, water and LED streetlights as well. Gas, Water, and Electric will all provide communication through smart meters; LED streetlights will communicate through nodes. All of the data will be transmitted to a Meter Data Management (MDM) system, which refers to software that performs long-term data storage and management for the vast quantities of data delivered by the smart meters and nodes.
Sensus helps a wide range of public service providers—from utilities to cities to industrial complexes and campuses—do more with their infrastructure to improve quality of life in their communities.
For more information, contact Monique Broughton Knight, Public Information Officer at 229.733.2225.