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Friday, January 30, 2004


Wisconsin Public Service expands AMR to Menominee, Michigan

"Wisconsin Public Service will bring Automated Meter Reading (AMR) to its natural gas and electric customers in Menominee, Michigan. The new system, which will be a combination of power line technology for electric meters, and uses radio transmitters attached to gas meters, will result in unprecedented levels of accuracy in obtaining meter readings as well as eliminating the monthly need for meter readers on a customers property."

Comments: WPS has been a pioneer and leader in AMR deployment and technology for a number of years. For a foresighted utility, elimination of monthly field meter reads is only one of several benefits of AMR. An advanced AMR system affords the utility near real-time information on consumer usage and opens the door to voluntary demand-side management techniques to reduce costly peak energy consumption. Demand-side management also reduces the need for expensive new peaking power plants.

The power line carrier technology used to remotely read meters has been around for many years. It operates at much lower speeds and radio frequencies than the much newer broadband over power line (BPL) technology.


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