Avista has deployed a variety of automated and advanced metering systems over the past 15 years. In Q3 of 2018, Avista will begin deployment of the latest Itron Riva AMI technology across its Washington service territory. As these metering systems have matured the data associated with the meters has continued to grow. A typical AMI solution incorporates a Meter Data Management (MDM) system to handle the large volume of data for billing and customer presentation purposes. Typically, MDM systems are not focused on operational needs and don’t easily integrate with more traditional operational systems.
Avista’s partnership with OSIsoft and the PI System has demonstrated that is a robust solution that is required to achieve the benefits associated with the CVR component of the AMI project. The initial work has provided a foundation for future enhancements that will be focused on deploying field tools for high bill complaints, transformer loading, and meter troubleshooting.
Greg Paulson has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Montana State University and has 25 years of engineering experience in a variety of industries including Oil Refining, Manufacturing, Systems Integration, Consulting, Medical Systems, and Utilities. He has been part of Avista Utilities for the past 14 years and has served in engineering and management roles focused on electric metering, SCADA, and the PI System. He is currently a System Operations Engineer responsible for the PI System at Avista Utilities. Avista is an investor-owned utility with annual revenues of more than $1.4 billion. They provide electric and natural gas service to about 640,000 customers in a service territory of more than 30,000 square miles and serves those customers with a mix of hydro, natural gas, coal and biomass generation delivered over 2,750 miles of transmission line, 19,000 miles of distribution line and 7,700 miles of natural gas distribution mains. Avista is headquartered in Spokane, Washington.