With the same ingenuity that led local farmers in northwest Ohio to
embrace technology to advance production methods, Hancock-Wood
Electric Cooperative has pushed new boundaries in driving
reliability and energy efficiency for its 11,300 members. The co-op was
an early adopter of the power line carrier (PLC) system for electrical
metering, but by 2012 that system was starting to show its age.
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Hancock-Wood updated its PLC system with the Sensus DA and AMI solutions to improve the member experience, cut down costs and increase efficiency. (Photo: Business Wire)
That’s when they decided it was time to transition to advanced metering
infrastructure (AMI) to address transmission issues and improve member
“With 13,000 meters and 1,800 miles of line to manage, we knew there had
to be a way to improve reliability and streamline the process,” said
Andy Wiles, SCADA Technician at Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative.
“We went from getting one meter read per month to 3,000 per month with
the Sensus AMI system,” said Hancock-Wood Senior Engineer Ryan Goolsby.
“It instantly removed so much guesswork for our technicians as they
monitored and managed meters.”
While the Sensus AMI solution and DA capabilities provide Hancock-Wood
personnel with the real-time connectivity they need to enhance member
service, it also helps the co-op save money over the long haul.
“With DA, we can monitor and maintain the voltage at a pre-determined
threshold,” said Wiles. “This can allow us to save money by optimizing
our costs related to purchasing energy.”
As Hancock-Wood looks ahead, the co-op owns the framework to continue
building new capabilities and keep up their pioneering ways.
“With our Sensus AMI solution, we’ll keep pushing the limits on what’s
possible,” said Goolsby.
Read the case
study to learn more about how Hancock-Wood uses the Sensus DA
solution to enhance the member experience.
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