Silicon Valley Power Prepares for Smart Metering

Silicon Valley Power, long a trend-setter among municipal electric utilities, is preparing to begin implementing its SVP Meter Connect smart meter program in the City of Santa Clara (CA). SVP expects to begin installing SVP Meter Connect this year.

City of Santa Clara Issues Request for Proposal for SVP Meter Connect© Program Infrastructure

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - July 22, 2009 - Silicon Valley Power (SVP), the City of Santa Clara's Municipal Electric Utility, has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) from suppliers interested in providing an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) solution built upon a robust IP-based Utility Communications Infrastructure (UCI). The system will provide a foundation for SVP's new SVP Meter Connect© program serving the 51,000 residential and commercial customers of SVP.

The City intends to upgrade its existing utility communication and IT infrastructure(s) to create a working smart grid as it is conceived today, and to build a strong, flexible and scalable foundation for the smart grid of the future. At the same time, the City seeks a multifunctional communication system to support a fast-growing demand for remote and mobile, wireless IP-based, narrow band and broadband applications for a diverse group of City departments. Existing infrastructure includes an extensive local fiber optic network, and a wireless network supporting free outdoor Wi-Fi service to most residential areas of the City.

Siemens Energy Corporation has already been selected to implement eMeter's meter data management solution called EnergyIP for managing the increased amount of data collected by this AMI solution. The City anticipates implementation of this new system in phases beginning in the 4th quarter of 2009.

Interested parties may download a copy of the RFP via the utility website - Contact Larry Owens, SVP Manager of Customer Services, at 408-615-6644 for more information on the RFP or the SVP Meter Connect program.

About Silicon Valley Power
Silicon Valley Power is the trademark adopted for use by the century-old Electric Department of the City of Santa Clara, California. SVP provides power to more than 50,000 customers, including Applied Materials, Intel, National Semiconductor and Yahoo!, at rates 25 to 45 percent below neighboring communities. SVP also offers customers a 100 percent renewable energy option through its Santa Clara Green Power program and is an active participant in the wholesale energy markets in the Western United States. Visit for more information.

Larry Owens, Silicon Valley Power
Tel.: 408.615.6644; Cell: 408.621.5873
Carol McCarthy, City of Santa Clara
Tel.: 408.615.2213

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