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Technology Continued.....Technology improves co-op’s grid


When combined with an AMR system, the co-op can identify exactly who is without power, making restoration easier and allowing them to communicate with affected members. This brings us to the auto- mated metering infrastructure (AMI). In truth, these systems aren’t particularly smart. Their tasks are pretty simple. They simply record and report power use, usually in 15-, 30- or 60-minute intervals. They also record power quality informa- tion as electricity is delivered to your home. Finally, they can be directly queried, which is


an enormously helpful tool in pinpointing distribution system problems, reducing distribution system losses and reporting outages for faster restoration. More than 60 percent of


America’s electric co-ops have implemented AMR systems, ensuring more accurate bills, faster restoration efforts and lower cost of operation. KEC implemented AMI/AMR in the early 2000s. The advancement in technology has allowed KEC to identify outages quicker, share hourly electrical usage with it members, report outages via smartphone and a wealth


Left: KEC’s operations dept. knows the where- abouts of its crews at all times. Thus allowing for quicker responses to out- ages and strategic safety placement for KEC crews. Bottom: This is a view of hourly data on a mem- bers account. Visit www. kayelectric.coop for more information. Right: KEC’s Smarthub app allows members to pay their bill, view us- age and perform other resources on their smart- phones.


of other practices involving the smart grid. The smart grid is truly a benefit to electric co-op members. To learn about more ways the smart grid will benefit you, contact KEC at 1-800-535-1079 or visit KEC online at www.kay- electric.coop.


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