Manitowoc Public Utilities has awarded a $3.1 million contract with Eaton Corporation of Beachwood, Ohio for an electric Automated Meter Infrastructure (AMI) system. The system will replace all electric meters in the City of Manitowoc and provide data collection points and interface software to existing utility systems. Water meters will be replaced in a later phase.
AMI uses state-of-the-art metering and communication technology to permit secure two-way remote communication with utility meters located at businesses and residences in the city. The two way communication will be used to collect daily kilowatt-hour meter readings for billing, monitor system voltages, and provide power outage notifications. Overall, AMI will provide proactive customer service, improve system reliability, provide for power outage notification and management, and permit more efficient delivery of utility services. Long term, AMI can be used for electric distribution system automation, load management, and dynamic energy pricing.
Development of internal data interfaces for billing is already underway. Installation of sixteen data collection points on utility poles and connection to MPU’s existing fiber optic will take place in the first quarter of 2019. The first electric meters will be installed for testing during this time as well. Full deployment in the City is expected to be completed around the end of 2019.
Did You Know?
MPU has recently completed a five year Strategic Plan! The 2019 - 2023 plan builds upon the successes of prior plans with continued focus on reliability, organizational development, fiscal responsibility, stakeholder relationships, adoption of new technologies as appropriate and monitoring key industry changes. In addition, this plan is designed to proactively identify and address the challenges and opportunities of the utility industry trends so that MPU will be the community owned trusted advisor to our customers and stakeholders.
The mission of this strategic plan being the trusted advisor of our customers and stakeholders is a reflection of MPU's on-going commitment of being a Community Owned and Customer Focused utilities service provider. The plan includes five overarching goals that will enable MPU to achieve its vision. The plan focuses both internally and externally, and the goals lay out a comprehensive strategy to adjust to industry changes while enhancing customer service. The synergy between the goals and initiatives will ensure that existing work is prioritized while identifying projects that will achieve the vision.
We invite you to read our 2019 - 2023 Strategic Plan by clicking here.