Tilson Helps AVANGRID Automate Energy Distribution in the Rugged Terrain of Central Maine

People who live in Southern and Central Maine enjoy vast forests, lakes and dramatic mountain vistas that were shaped by glaciers thousands of years. While the landscape is a source of beauty, it nonetheless presents a significant challenge to utility companies determined to bring 21st Century technologies to their customers.

Challenge

Central Maine Power, a subsidiary of global energy company AVANGRID, decided to transform the power grid they operate throughout Central Maine with an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and distribution automation (DA) system. The challenge not only included creating a technology platform that provides customers with electricity interval usage information, but also coping with network deployment in a topography that makes line of site for radio difficult.

Solution

Tilson was brought in to lead the effort, which meant deploying a $200M wireless network connecting 620,000 meters, across 11,000 square miles of rugged terrain to Central Maine Power’s residential, commercial and industrial customers.

Tilson provided project management, site acquisition, RF engineering, construction supervision, field engineering, NOC design, database administration, and report writing. Once the network was live, Tilson business analysts and software developers wrote green button, time-of-use comparison and net metering applications that enable customers to become more active participants in the company’s Energy Manager program.

Later Tilson helped Central Maine Power leverage the AMI network to accelerate their deployment of distribution automation systems to control reclosers in substations, greatly enhancing grid reliability in Maine’s harsh winters.

It’s a win-win solution for AVANGRID and rate payers alike. The visibility into the network reduces operations and maintenance costs, and cuts service restoration times by enabling faster, more precise location of faults and power outages, and provides a foundation for future rate and efficiency innovation.

Subscribe to get the latest insights from Tilson

Submit

Thank you for your interest in Tilson!

More Case Studies

Tilson Wires the Big Dig for LTE Communications

The Central Artery/Tunnel Project, what we all know as the “Big Dig,” is arguably the most complex engineering project ever taken on in the U.S.

More Case Studies

Attention to Detail Drives Fast, On-Budget Broadband Wi-Fi Deployment for Keesler Air Force Base Barracks

Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi is home to the 81st Training Wing.

More Case Studies

Tilson Helps New Hampshire DOT Make the Everett Turnpike Safer and Ready for the Future

100,000 vehicles travel the Everett Turnpike every day.

More Case Studies

Global Supply Chain System Development and Deployment for TWI

Tilson helped defense and petrochemical logistics company Theodor Wille Interdrade (TWI) build a global supply chain to deliver food, tools and building materials to U.S. troops and industry in Europe.

More Case Studies

Tilson Guides Maine State Library in Support of Statewide Digital Literacy Effort

Today’s libraries are a resource center for job searchers, seniors and businesses that need high-speed Internet connectivity.

More Case Studies

Tilson Guides Mass Broadband 123, Bringing Critical Broadband Access to Western Massachusetts

In 2008, 95 communities in Western Massachusetts had limited or no access to broadband communications.

More Case Studies

Tilson's fast turnaround gets Bottomline Technologies up and running

Online financial transactions depend on fast, reliable, secure networks.

More Case Studies

Tilson Lets Buffalo Bills Fans Stay Connected At the Game

At the big game, football fans need beer, hot dogs, and Internet.

More Case Studies

Tilson Keeps AT&T's New England Customers Connected

Networks aren't going to maintain themselves.