FortisAlberta's Advanced Metering Deployment Accelerates; Project Scheduled for Completion in 2010



    ATLANTA, Feb. 19 /CNW/ -- FortisAlberta has entered the second phase of
its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) deployment with Landis+Gyr, and is
scheduled to deploy approximately 370,000 advanced metering endpoints over the
next two years.
    

    
    "The strong working relationship between FortisAlberta and our program
management team has been essential to completing the first phase of the
deployment," said Jeff Carkhuff, General Manager of Middle Market Systems at
Landis+Gyr. "We look forward to increasing the deployment pace and introducing
additional system capabilities as we work to complete our largest two-way PLC
deployment in North America on schedule."
    

    
    A regulated electricity distribution company serving central and southern
Alberta, FortisAlberta contracted with Landis+Gyr in 2007 for a "turnkey"
deployment of a two-way advanced metering network to cover its entire service
territory. In addition to providing the hardware and software solutions for
advanced metering, Landis+Gyr is also serving as the deployment contractor on
the project, and is managing all meter and substation equipment installations.
    

    
    System acceptance testing and regulatory approvals were completed in
2008, and more than 80,000 advanced meters have been installed so far.
FortisAlberta is implementing the two-way TS2 PLC system, part of Landis+Gyr's
Gridstream(TM) family of smart grid and energy management solutions. The PLC
network solution is particularly suited to the utility's large and
geographically diverse service territory.
    

    
    Landis+Gyr's Gridstream portfolio includes leading-edge technologies and
software solutions that interface with utility systems and third-party
products to provide advanced metering, distribution automation and personal
energy management capabilities.
    

    About Landis+Gyr
    
    Landis+Gyr is the leading provider of integrated energy management
solutions tailored to energy company needs. With a global presence and a
reputation for quality and innovation, Landis+Gyr is unique in its ability to
deliver true end-to-end advanced metering solutions. Today, the Company offers
the broadest portfolio of products and services in the electricity metering
industry, and is paving the way for the next generation of smart grid. With
annualized sales of more than US$1.25 billion, Landis+Gyr operates in over 30
countries across five continents, and employs over 5,000 people with the sole
mission of helping the world manage energy better.
    

    About FortisAlberta
    
    As owner and operator of more than 60 percent of Alberta's total electric
distribution network and more than 107,000 kilometers of power lines,
FortisAlberta's focus in the safe and reliable delivery of electricity to its
more than 453,000 customer in 175 growing communities across southern and
central Alberta. FortisAlberta is a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of
Fortis Inc., the largest investor-owned distribution utility in Canada,
serving almost two million gas and electric customers.
    


    




For further information:

For further information: Dan Jacobson, Landis+Gyr, +1-218-562-5195,
dan.jacobson@landisgyr.com


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