Improvements Meet Long-Term Requirements of Utility Customers and Allow Optimization of Existing Grid Infrastructures
Aclara, a leading supplier of smart infrastructure solutions (SIS) to electric, gas and water utilities worldwide, announces significant enhancements to its fifth-generation kV2c™ commercial and industrial (C&I) meter, making it easier for utilities to optimize existing grid infrastructures.
Significant enhancements to Aclara’s fifth-generation kV2c commercial and industrial meter provide backward compatibility with previous versions and allow utilities to better manage over-voltage and surge events.
One major enhancement permits utilities to deliver reliable power by better managing over-voltage and surge events. The enhancement eliminates the need to replace meters following an overvoltage and allows utilities to ride through overvoltage events safely.
Another improvement provides expanded processing power and memory that permits backward compatibility to all previous fifth-generation kV2cTM meters. This feature ensures future-proof products for utilities and their C&I customers to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s grid.
“What makes the fifth generation kV2c such an effective smart meter is its phenomenal flexibility and scale. It gives our customers a genuinely future-proof meter that meets the growing needs of their businesses, while at the same time driving down operational costs,” said Allan Connolly, president of Aclara and divisional vice president of Hubbell Power Systems.
“With its over-voltage handling, increased processing power and expanded memory, this new generation of meters can handle the data requirements of new applications such as Volt/VAR optimization and distributed energy. And like previous kV2c meters, this fifth generation is a simple integration for all of Aclara’s AMI partners and their AMI solutions,” added Connolly.
With more than two million units already in place, the kV2c line of C&I meters is the most widely deployed smart meter in the C&I market. Its new features also improve operational benefits, such as safety and lower total cost of ownership, generating a higher return on investment for the utility.
Aclara, now part of the Hubbell Power Systems family of brands, is a world-class supplier of smart infrastructure solutions (SIS) and services to more than 1,000 water, gas, and electric utilities globally. Aclara SIS offerings include smart meters and other field devices, advanced metering infrastructure and software and services that enable utilities to predict and respond to conditions, leverage their distribution networks effectively, and engage with their customers. Aclara won a Frost & Sullivan Global Smart Energy Networks Enabling Technology Leadership Award in 2017 and was named a finalist in three categories of the Platts Global Energy Awards in 2016. Visit us at Aclara.com, follow us on Twitter @AclaraSolutions or read our blog.
About Hubbell Power Systems
Hubbell Power Systems, Inc. (HPS) is a subsidiary of Hubbell Incorporated and an international manufacturer of quality transmission, distribution, substation, OEM and telecommunications products for a broad range of non-residential and residential construction and electric, gas and water utility applications. With revenues of $1.1 billion, HPS operates manufacturing facilities in the United States and around the world. The headquarters is located in Columbia, South Carolina.