An advanced metering infrastructure project (AMI) has won a national innovation award at the 2016 Australian Utility Week conference held in Sydney.

Horizon Power’s AMI project, which was completed in October 2016, won the “Best Value AMI” award.

Australian Utility Week, which is attended by the best minds in the energy industry each year, showcased the awards.

There were eight judges on the selection panel, representing energy companies, product developers and universities, who selected Horizon Power’s project as the winner.

The Horizon Power submission outlined the success of the project which involved the rollout of 47,000 advanced meters across a massive 2.3 million square km of arid terrain, which is Horizon Power’s service footprint. The project was delivered on time and on budget.

Horizon Power Managing Director, Frank Tudor, said the award was an acknowledgement of two years of intensive work by Horizon Power for its customers.

“We can now provide our customers with the latest in metering technology to improve their billing experience and reduce our operating costs and thereby cut our subsidy from government,” Mr Tudor said.

“We also learnt from past projects and ensured that our customers were well engaged during the roll out to limit any inconvenience, including making specific appointments with business owners to change over their meter.

“The meters provide a myriad of potential opportunities and an exciting platform from which we can achieve our vision of a microgrid future with much higher levels of renewable energy incorporated than currently exists.”

The state government provided Horizon Power with $34 million to replace aging electricity meters across regional and remote Western Australia with new advanced meters which provide more timely and accurate bills and also reduce business costs by more than $7 million a year.

These meters provide large amounts of data which will help provide customers with more tailored energy efficiency advice, alternative ways of paying for electricity, and enable energy trading as well as improved network security and safety.

Horizon Power is now the only vertically integrated utility in Australia that has advanced meters across its entire network area.

Lauren brings a fresh approach to content. While she’s previously written for publications as diverse as Australian Geographic, The Border Watch and Girlfriend, she’s found her true passion in her current role as an editor in the world of energy and infrastructure trade magazines.

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