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AT&T Becomes Duck River Electric's Central Technology Provider with Comprehensive Smart Grid Package

Duck River Electric to Implement Smart Grid Upgrades Quickly In Order to Increase Electric Reliability and Customer Service

Shelbyville, Tennessee, Dallas, Texas, May 20, 2013

Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) is taking an innovative approach to upgrade their smart grid infrastructure.  The utility company is making available new services to their members by implementing Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), Smart Grid Meter Data Management, and other smart grid applications from AT&T*.

Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) is the fourth largest electric cooperative in Tennessee, serving approximately 71,000 members.  Among the top 5% of electric cooperatives in the United States, Duck River Electric came to AT&T to upgrade their smart grid infrastructure, reduce operational costs, and improve customer service.

“Our smart grid project goal is to deliver high value applications to our members, and with AT&T’s holistic solution approach, we are able to deliver those applications with minimum investment of capital and time,” said Michael Watson, Vice President, DREMC.  “Deploying our own wireless network would take years to build and manage; AT&T has simplified this process for us, and their highly-reliable network will enable Smart Grid to perform at high speeds, and allow us to focus on delivering the best service to our members.”

The key components of the AT&T Smart Grid solution for Duck River Electric include:

  • Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) for electric meters, which enables wireless communication of up to date information on electricity consumption and voltage.  The devices send notifications when electricity is lost or voltage levels are abnormal, and allow DREMC to take immediate action. 
  • Meter Data Management for managing the new information from smart grid devices, such as smart meters, sensors, and the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, allowing DREMC to increase service reliability and provide new services like prepaid electricity to members.
  • Professional and project management services that integrate all solution components.

“AT&T Smart Grid solutions provide utility companies with the opportunity to transform the way they operate,” said Mike Troiano, Vice President, Advanced Mobility Solutions, AT&T Business Solutions.  “The ability to communicate with remote devices over AT&T’s network can dramatically improve customer service and efficiency levels, as well as lower costs.”

For more information on smart grid solutions from AT&T, visit https://www.wireless.att.com/businesscenter/solutions/industry-solutions/vertical-industry/utilities/smart-grid-solutions.jsp

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