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Illinois Rural Electric Cooperative (IREC) has selected smart grid communications provider Tantalus for the design and implementation of an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) communications network.

Tantalus says that in addition to AMI functionality such as remote meter reading, remote disconnect/reconnect and voltage monitoring, IREC will also leverage TUNet - the Tantalus Utility Network - to support a measurement, control and pricing structure tailored for polyphase agricultural irrigation customers.

The company notes that TUNet will be leveraged to provide real-time monitoring and control of single or multiple polyphase meters on irrigation equipment. Tantalus adds that IREC will be able to incentivize farmers to shed load during peak conditions with reduced energy rates and pricing structures.


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