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United Power has awarded a 10-year contract to Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) for a 10,000 meter pilot project of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) solutions and implementation of SAIC's Smart Grid as a Service (SGS) offering.

According to SAIC, services began in July to build out the infrastructure, and once in operation, the pilot will deliver improved efficiency and enhanced customer service for United Power. United Power is a rural electric cooperative providing electric service to nearly 70,000 homes and businesses throughout Colorado's northern Front Range.

SGS's integrated hardware and software solution provides AMI, outage alerts and remote connection capabilities, as well as the capability for enhanced integration of alternative energy metering such as time of use and net metering.

“SGS will provide the direct advantage of on-demand meter reads, as well as improved billing accuracy and more detailed outage information, and the capability for United Power to offer customers a Web portal to view and manage energy consumption,” says Kenneth Stewart, SAIC’s senior vice president of smart grid.

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