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Colorado Springs Utilities Smart Grid Initiative
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Lead Organization:
Colorado Springs Utilities
HQ Location:
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Project Contact Information:

111 South Cascade Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80903-2210

Project Summary:

Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU), a community-owned utility provides with natural gas, electricity, water and wastewater services in the Pikes Peak region of Colorado. Colorado Springs Utilities is setting the state for Smart Grid technology, aiming to complete the Automated Meter Reading (AMR) project by 2010 [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. CSU started the project in 2005 by awarding the contract to Landis+Gyr, and Cellnet+Hunt managed this project for the implementation phase [2, 5]. The Landis+Gyr Smart meter implementation uses fixed radio network and state of the art radio mesh for data communication [4]. CSU signed another contract with GE for the installation of the PowerOn Outage Management System [1, 6]. CSU’s AMI improves its billing accuracy and its electric outage management system allows a quicker response to customers when outages happen [6].

Colorado Springs Utilities Smart Grid Initiative includes the following activities [7]:
• Implement Meter Data Management System
• Distribution Automation / Remote system monitoring
• Customer Portal
• Expand Load Cycling program / Demand Response
• Integrate AMI with Outage Management System
• Revise our residential electric Time-of-Use program
• Monitoring in-home usage - $’s, H2O, CO2

Additional Information:

- Landis+Gyr's case study: http://www.landisgyr.com/na//en/pub/solutions_na/case_studies_na/colorad...


[1] ColoradoSprings.org, September 2009. URL: http://www.coloradosprings.org/Default.aspx?Page=ExecutiveNewsletter&ID=133
[2] TDWorld, April, 2008. URL: http://tdworld.com/customer_service/csu_hits_metering_milestone/
[3] Metering.com, June 2009. Updated URL: http://www.metering.com/colorado-springs-utilities-sets-stage-for-smart-...
[4] Landis+Gyr, Case Study. URL: http://www.landisgyr.com/en/pub/products_and_services/case_studies/color...
[5] European Smart Metering Alliance, Annual Report 2009, URL: http://eaci-projects.eu/iee/fileshow.jsp?att_id=13064&place=pa&url=ESMA_...
[6] MartketWire.com, June 2009. URL: http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/new-smart-grid-technology-create...
[7] Gina McCurley, "Colorado Springs Utilities Smart Grid Initiative", Presentation at the EEC Committee Meetings, Aug 2009. URL: http://www.acec.org/advocacy/committees/pdf/eec0809_co-sprngs_smartgrid.pdf