The cloud covers just about everything these days but in many cases, it lets the light shine through. For example, Washington State’s Peninsula Light Co., (PenLight) will be updating its power distribution system with Verizon’s Grid Wide Utility Services Intelligent Energy platform. Grid Wide is a managed, cloud-based, IoT (Internet of Things) platform-as-a-service developed by Verizon to help utilities modernize their systems. It allows utilities to remotely configure, monitor, and manage endpoints within their service areas, creating operational efficiencies and improving customer service.

Electric meters equipped with Verizon cellular connectivity will replace meters nearing their end-of-life in the homes and businesses of more than 33,000 PenLight members. The meters will then be managed using Verizon’s Grid Wide platform.

Customers of PenLight—a member-owned electric cooperative serving the communities of Gig Harbor and the Key Peninsula in Washington—will benefit from improved meter reporting and billing accuracy, and better power outage management, including improved outage identification, confirmation, and response time.

Verizon’s Grid Wide platform-as-a-service is a highly scalable and robust environment that combines a world-class IoT application suite with the nation’s largest, most reliable 4G LTE network. With near realtime data, Peninsula Light will gain insights it needs to improve operational efficiency, control costs, and offer an even higher level of service for its members.

Grid Wide will help PenLight develop more efficient energy delivery options and improve the reliability and service its members expect. Grid Wide allows the operations team to see issues earlier and respond faster while also helping keep costs low and service delivery as high as possible. Verizon’s solution provides the ability to remain nimble within the rapidly changing dynamics of the electric utility industry while it extends operational visibility and management capabilities with the goal of simplifying, accelerating, and enhancing grid transformation.

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