JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The city of Osceola has approved an Advanced Metering Infrastructure Project.
This AMI project will not only save people in Osceola money but will also allow two-way communication between utilities and customers.
These projects provide better opportunity for efficiency, accuracy, and safety.
The city had already participated in onsite proposal reviews, onsite demonstrations, and an onsite trial before approving the project.
The AMI project has started with a 48 unit housing project that should be occupied by April.
Mayor Dickie Kennemore knows that this project will keep Osceola on the cutting edge of technology.
“It makes us more efficient, cuts our costs, it also makes it more convenient for our citizens and actually makes it the meter reading much more efficient,” said Kennemore.
Phillip Adcock Junior with Osceola Municipal Light and Power hopes that this project will accomplish more efficiency and save customers money.
“Hoping to accomplish more efficiency in reading and customers overall and give them an opportunity to see what they use on a more regular basis,” said Adcock. “Overall, efficiency is the main goal.”
The city has confirmed Aclara as the vendor for the project.
Formal bidding on the purchasing of the AMI solution was waived in an ordinance that was passed and approved by the city.
Most studies done on AMI projects have showed an annual savings of up to $250,000 dollars.