Energy Savings Performance Contract Project with Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) System
The City of Silsbee selected Performance Services to implement a guaranteed energy savings contract project to modernize the City’s water meter infrastructure as well as to provide energy-saving improvements to City buildings. The project included the replacement of all 3,400 existing water meters with new, “smart” water meters that are connected to a secure Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Network. This 21st Century technology enables Silsbee to be a Smart City. The new technology provides the City and residents with more visibility into their water usage as the system will allow the City and residents to remotely monitor water usage in real-time. Utilizing this technology provides quick detection and elimination of leaks, allowing the City to improve its performance and service.
The project also included the installation of LED lighting in four City buildings, upgraded HVAC across the City’s buildings, and building automation upgrades. As a result of these improvements and the smart water meters, the City is expected to save $423,297 annually from energy and operational savings.
- Installation of advanced metering infrastructure (3,400 meters)
- Online portal for customers to view and track water consumption data in real-time
- LED lighting at four City buildings
- Upgraded HVAC across City buildings
- Building automation upgrades across City Buildings
The project utilized Badger Meter, a leading marketer and manufacturer of products using flow measurement and control technologies. Performance Services also worked with Badger Beacon AMA, a software suite with proven ORION® AMR/AMI water meter reading technology to provide utility management with greater visibility and control. Together the meters and advanced metering infrastructure enable the City to reduce non-revenue water loss and to monitor water usage with pinpoint accuracy.
Once meters were installed and the network online, City of Silsbee residents received access to the EyeOnWater® customer portal by Badger Beacon. This portal, available in the Apple App Store or Google Play, provides customers with direct access to their water consumption data, allowing them to easily view, understand, and manage their water usage.
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