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Echelon Completes Massachusetts Smart Grid Pilot

06 Feb 2013

Echelon and the Concord Municipal Light Plant (CMLP) have successfully completed a trial of Echelon’s innovative Edge Control Node (ECN) 7000 control node, which set the foundation for CMLP’s continued exploration of additional smart grid functionality.

The municipal utility forecasts a growing need to monitor its assets on the low voltage grid and anticipates testing additional applications from TDJ and Echelon in the near future. Echelon’s ECN 7000 series nodes were deployed at strategic locations within the town of Concord.

According to Echelon, the ECN’s open architecture “enabled custom hardware and software expansion to automate the collection of data from legacy non-AMI meters, extending the useful life of these meters while offering a means for back office integration and meter data analysis.”Mark Howell, chief information officer for CMLP and Concord, Massachusetts, says, “The ECN’s proven ability to continue to reliably operate and provide valuable information can really help our teams locate faults and minimize time to repair outages, particularly in the case of a disaster such as Hurricane Sandy. Tracking the distribution transformer in near real-time will allow us to see areas that are or aren’t experiencing outages. The fact that the same platform also enables us to collect meter data from several different sources makes it an attractive choice for future Smart Grid deployments given the return on investment we drive.”

Michael Anderson, Echelon senior vice president of Worldwide Markets, adds: “We are excited to be working with TDJ and the Town of Concord on one of their first smart grid implementations with our energy control networking platform. Our proven, open standard, and multi-application platform will enable Concord to quickly and safely build a best-in-class energy infrastructure and modernize their grid infrastructure.”

CMLP is one of 40 municipal electric utilities operating in Massachusetts, serving more than 7200 customers.

Echelon provides the world’s most widely deployed open standard, multi-application platform, embedded in more than 100 million devices, 35 million homes, and 300,000 buildings and powers energy savings applications for smart grids, smart cities and smart buildings. For more information, visit