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Woodruff Electric Cooperative (Woodruff Electric Advanced Metering Infrastructure Project)
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Lead Organization:
Woodruff Electric Cooperative
HQ Location:
Forrest City, Arkansas
Project Contact Information:
Name:
 Billy C. Martin, III
Email:
 bmartin@woodruffelectric.com
Address:

PO Box 1619
Forrest City, AR 72336

 
Project Summary:

Woodruff Electric Cooperative’s (Woodruff’s) advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project deployed 14,900 two-way communicating smart meters to all of its residential customers and select commercial customers. The communications infrastructure includes a meter communications network using power line carrier (PLC) technology between the meters and substations and an Internet protocol-based fiber backhaul between the substations and the AMI head-end system. Woodruff has enabled remote connect/disconnect and tamper detection functionality through the AMI system. The project’s primary purpose was to reduce operating costs to forestall rate increases. By deploying AMI technology to gain operational efficiencies Woodruff could eliminate field trips for routine distribution system service work and start/stop service requests. The utility also expected to gain improvements in system reliability through improved data acquisition and analytics.

Equipment:

- 14,900 Smart Meters
- AMI Communications System
--- Power Line Carrier Network
--- Data Collectors
--- Transformer Coupling Units
--- Head-end System
--- Command Center Software
--- Backhaul Communications

Targeted Benefits:

- Reduced Meter Reading Costs
- Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs
- Reduced Costs from Theft
- Reduced Truck Fleet Fuel Usage
- Reduced Greenhouse Gas and Criteria Pollutant Emissions

 
Additional Information:

For more information about the project, please refer to:
- http://www.smartgrid.gov/project/woodruff_electric_cooperative_woodruff_...

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