in News Departments > Projects & Contracts
print the content item

Dickson Electric System is finalizing installation of a Sensus FlexNet utility network and iCon A electric meters with remote disconnect for its more than 30,000 residential and commercial customers across a five-county service territory southwest of Nashville, Tenn.

Following more than 100 years of analog meter service, Dickson Electric chose to implement the Sensus advanced metering infrastructure system in 2011 to increase reliability, accelerate response rates and provide the foundation for future energy initiatives, including distribution automation, SCADA and direct load control. The meter automation project began in earnest in early 2012 and is expected to be completed in the fall, accounting for eight months in total installation time.

"We chose to implement the Sensus technology because it presented us with the best platform from which to continue updating and improving our system,” says Darrell Gillespie, general manager of Dickson Electric. “The licensed spectrum, point-to-multipoint network requires minimal maintenance and was an ideal choice for our rural and diverse terrain.”

In addition to meter automation, Dickson Electric - in conjunction with the Tennessee Valley Authority - plans to build upon this system with a distribution automation pilot program that will be centered on voltage reduction and peak load management. Sensus says Dickson is able to execute advanced applications by virtue of the FlexNet’s fast data throughput speed and a recently installed fiber optic backhaul network.

The FlexNet system, which is based on open standards, will also provide future capabilities for time of use reporting and direct load control, the company adds. The updated system comprises six base stations and antennae broadcasting to Dickson, Hickman, Cheatham, Houston and Montgomery counties.



Hse SandyHook
Latest Top Stories

DOE Report: U.S. Wind Power Prices Reach All-Time Low

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), wind power continues to play a larger role in the U.S.' energy mix and is the cheapest it has ever been in the country.


Survey Reveals What U.S. Consumers Expect From Their Utilities

GE's new survey measures Americans' views on the state and future of the grid, as well as how much extra consumers would be willing to pay for better power reliability.


How A GIS Can Help Utilities Address The Aging Workforce And Capitalize On Data

Baby Boomers, whose experience and know-how have served the utility industry so well for decades, are retiring. The author suggests utilities can use a geographic information system (GIS) to fill in resultant knowledge gaps.


Sensus Smart Meters Tied To More Overheating Incidents And Fires

SaskPower is investigating two new meter failures, and Portland General Electric is working to replace 70,000 Sensus units amid fire concerns.


SaskPower Halts Smart Meter Installations Following Fires

The Canadian utility has suspended its smart meter deployment as it investigates half a dozen fires associated with the meters.

S&C Electric_id176
edf_id180