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Leveraging the AMI Communications Network to benefit New York Communities: Con Edison and Orange & Rockland

Leveraging the AMI Communications Network to benefit New York Communities

Description of the Partnership Opportunity

Con Edison and Orange & Rockland (“the Companies”) are installing a ubiquitous territory-wide communications network for smart metering under the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Smart Meters Project, and are inviting proposals for leveraging this network for the benefit of their customers through a variety of applications.

Under Reforming the Energy Vision, the Companies aim to animate markets and accelerate growth of innovation in New York State. This opportunity allows prospective partners to leverage the AMI communications network to improve quality of life in New York communities, stimulate economic growth, and create business value for local entities. Proposals should consider using the AMI communications network for both utility and non-utility functions, with the possibility for two-way communications. Proposals should also comply with technical and cybersecurity specifications without negatively impacting AMI traffic.

This opportunity is open to all institutions. Detailed information about the opportunity and the process are available in the Companies’ AMI Customer Engagement Plan.

Top Goals and Objectives of This Opportunity

The Companies want to facilitate cost savings and revenue opportunities by leveraging the AMI communications for their customers and interested parties. Successful projects are those that satisfy the following:

  • Utilize and optimize the AMI communications network;
  • Improve the quality of life in the community, stimulate economic growth, or create business value for local entities;
  • Demonstrate cost savings or revenue opportunity to all involved parties;
  • Adhere to existing laws and regulations;
  • Comply with technical specifications and cybersecurity policies.
Target Customers and/or Applications

The Companies are inviting solutions across a wide range of applications (see, “Solutions Being Considered”). Preference will be given to proposals that demonstrate benefit to the local community and/or electric and gas utilities. The proposals must fall within the geographic footprint of the AMI network deployment schedule. The following depicts the timeline for AMI roll-out across the regions in which the Companies operate.

 

Partnerships being Considered

The Companies are interested in partnering with providers who:

  • Are preferably located in the New York area;
  • Have demonstrated experience in successfully implementing similar projects;
  • Preferably do not require funding.

If a party cannot meet all of the requirements, they are encouraged to seek partnerships with other parties in order to maximize their coverage of these requirements.

Solutions Being Considered

Examples of applications that will be considered include, but are not limited to:

  • Water AMI
  • Outdoor lighting
  • Public Streetlights
  • Traffic Lighting
  • Trash collection
  • Sensors
  • Railway Signals
  • Monitoring devices
  • Alarms
Primary REV Objective

The primary REV objectives addressed through the proposal include animating markets and accelerating growth of innovation in New York State. Additionally, the opportunity to leverage the AMI communications network for additional services supports higher asset utilization (known as system-wide efficiency).

Solutions Not Being Considered

Solutions that do not meet the project objectives and do not utilize the AMI communications network will not be considered as part of this partnership opportunity.

Background / Related Information

Contact Con Edison regarding this partnership opportunity via email at AMIProjects@ConEdison.com

AMI Communications Technology: http://www.silverspringnet.com/starfish/

Con Edison Vendor Qualification: https://apps.coned.com/Supplychain/vqq/default.aspx

Customer Engagement Plan: Con Edison AMI Customer Engagement Plan [PDF]

 

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