Headquartered at Fort Collins, CO, Poudre Valley Rural Electric Cooperative (PVREA) provides electric services over the northern Colorado territory in Larimer, Weld, and Boulder counties. The utility had started the smart meter installation project since 2008. PVREA had partnered with Landis & Gyr for the installation and deployment of an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) on the cooperative’s 3,600 miles of power lines. The reaction time to outages is expected to be reduced and the efficiencies gained from more effective power management are projected to result in reduced carbon emissions from electricity generation. Portions of the AMI system had went online in the third quarter of 2009. By the end of 2012 more than 16,000 meters had been installed. Projected completion date was set on 2014 when all 36,000 meters would be on AMI .
The Radio Frequency Mesh infrastructure can provide a data communication backbone for the distribution automation and the home area networks . The project costs were estimated at around $4.5 million dollars for the smart meters to be installed . Poudre Valley’s AMI would be an advanced two-way network combining RF Mesh and TS2 power line carrier (PLC) systems operating on a single software platform, which would provide optimal coverage for meters in the utility’s suburban centers, as well as the mountainous and remote areas [3, 4].