Silver Spring will provide network infrastructure, devices, software services in support of PHI’s efforts

US-based power and natural gas utility Pepco Holdings has selected Silver Spring Networks to provide the networking products and services necessary to build a smart grid network that will serve the utility’s 1.9 million customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland and New Jersey.

According to Silver Spring Networks, initial deployment will occur in the Delmarva Power service territory in Delaware, with full deployment to all Pepco Holdings (PHI) customers anticipated by 2013, pending regulatory approvals.

Under the multi-year agreement, Silver Spring Networks will provide network infrastructure, devices, software and a variety of services in support of PHI’s smart grid deployment.

The smart grid is a major component of the company’s plan to use advanced technologies and energy efficiency programs to address high energy costs and the impact of energy use on the environment.

Dennis Wraase, chairman and CEO of PHI, said: “Utilities are looking to provide greener energy, reliability and customer-focused services to help control energy bills. By moving forward with the smart grid, we are building a platform to achieve this goal.”

Silver Spring Networks creates the critical networking infrastructure for the Smart Grid, known as a Smart Energy Network. Based on the Internet Protocol (IP) suite, it addresses the challenges of applications and devices on a common networking infrastructure using transport technologies.