Distribution Control Systems Inc. (DCSI), St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., announces the signing of seven contracts totaling in excess of US$30 million in orders for full-system deployments of DCSI's Two-Way Automatic Communications System (TWACS), a multifunctional power line carrier automatic meter reading (AMR) system.

  • Lee County Electric Cooperative Inc. signed a 160,000-point contract for full-system AMR deployment, the second largest AMR award by a consumer-owned utility, surpassed in size only by Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC), a TWACS customer for five years.

  • Pedernales Electric Cooperative, serving more than 161,000 members, approved and signed a purchase order for an additional 61,300 TWACS transponders to facilitate its plans for system-wide AMR, on-request readings services and load profiling. It is the largest electric cooperative in Texas and among the largest in the nation. PEC's future plans include the implementation of additional value-added services including remote disconnect/connect, line-voltage monitoring and outage functions.

  • Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative is deploying TWACS for its 50,000-plus residential sites and approximately 700 commercial/industrial locations, and it plans to commence hourly interval reads, remote disconnect service and line-voltage monitoring.

  • Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative selected the TWACS multifunctional system for full-system deployment, offering its 50,000 members reliability, speed and accuracy, time-of-use rates, hourly interval data, line-voltage and outage/restoration monitoring.

  • System-wide TWACS AMR installation for Co-Mo Electric Cooperative's 28,000-plus customers will include energy measurement functionality, outage and meter-tampering detection and field maintenance programs.

  • Lake Region Electric Cooperative selected the TWACS load-management system to replace its obsolete load-control system for water heating and space heating for its 28,000 rural members.

  • Clay Electric Cooperative in Illinois conducted technology studies for a new AMR system and decided on a system-wide installation of TWACS, providing its 3100 members with hourly interval data profiling. It also will use TWACS to check on phase balancing and loading, monitor line voltage and to obtain outage information and mapping.
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