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Appalachian Electric Co-op AMI Project
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Lead Organization:
Appalachian Electric Co-op
HQ Location:
New Market, Tennessee
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Project Summary:

Appalachian Electric Co-operative (AEC) is a utility based in New Market Tennessee providing electric services to over 40,000 members in the Eastern Tennessee area [1]. AEC started its initial phase of deployment with 5,000 advanced meters in 2005 [1]. TUNet combines a 220 MHz wide-area network with a 900 MHz local-area mesh network to implement a two-way, real time communications system. Data collected at each endpoint “hops” to a local transceiver, which then establishes a connection with the radio tower and, ultimately to the utility’s operations center [1, 2]. One of the most important benefits of the AMI system installed is the elimination of trips to remote farms and far-flung communities, which would result in immediate cost savings by removing high-cost reads, while ensuring that all customers within the jurisdiction received the same high level of service.


[1] Tantalus Press Release, February 2005. URL: http://www.tantalus.com/2005-02-02_Appalachian.php
[2] Appalachian Electric Coop case study by Tantalus (pdf). URL: http://www.tantalus.com/pdf/cases_studies/Appalachian_CS_2006.pdf
[3] Appalachian Electric Coop case study by Tantalus (web page). URL: http://www.tantalus.com/cs_appalachian.php