HD Supply Utilities and Trilliant are collaborating on a Smart Grid communications pilot program with Victoria Electric Cooperative. The pilot program, taking place in Victoria, Texas, deploys Trilliant’s multi-tier SecureMesh Smart Grid solution to deliver advanced utility services. Victoria Electric Cooperative covers 1,800 square miles located in Southeastern Texas and serves six counties with approximately 19,500 residential and 540 commercial and industrial customers.
Blaine Warzecha, General Manager at Victoria Electric Cooperative, says, “We felt strongly that the combination of HD Supply Utilities’ installation services and Trilliant’s multi-tiered SecureMesh technology would provide Victoria Electric Coop with a robust, high speed, low latency communications network that will serve as our Smart Grid foundation and meet AMI objectives. Equally significant is the fact that we are implementing a solution that can grow to meet our future needs.”
The pilot program consists of a 90-day test phase to designated locations in their service area. If successful, a full rollout would follow through the utility’s service area. The devices will feature applications to improve operational efficiency, provide interval data for Critical Peak Pricing (CPP), Time-of-Use (TOU) rates, and enhance outage detection.
Trilliant chief executive office Andy White explains, “The overriding benefits of Smart Grid communication networks, combined with the trend toward TOU rates and CPP solutions, are setting the stage for the implementations such as the one at Victoria -- implementations that require a multi-tier architecture requiring advanced WAN, HAN and NAN capabilities. We’re proud to be involved in those efforts at Victoria Electric through our relationship with HD Supply Utilities.”
Geff Smith, HD Supply Utilities vice president of automation, adds: “It’s clear to us that rural electric co-ops are looking for an advanced Smart Grid solution that can grow as their utility initiatives evolve. Trilliant’s multi-tier architecture approach to Smart Grid networks made the difference at Victoria Electric and we are looking forward to seeing their customers benefit from this solution.”
Trilliant provides communication solutions that include advanced metering, improved energy efficiency, grid reliability, lower operating costs, and integration of renewable energy resources. For more information, visit www.trilliantinc.com.