May 4 2021

Sentient Energy® Adds 4X the Monitoring Capacity to the UM3+ Distribution Line Sensor for Underground Circuits, Now Able to Monitor up to Twelve Primary Power Cables

Frisco, TX, May 4th, 2021 – New multi-position UM3+ enables utilities with large underground grids to increase monitoring for greater visibility and control, while maximizing savings and efficiencies. [read more]

April 22, 2021

Sentient Energy® Announces Growing Network of
Manufacturer Sales Representative Partner Companies

Frisco, TX, April 22nd, 2021 – Growing partner ecosystem brings pre-emptive grid monitoring and analytics to more utility companies across North America to improve energy reliability and increase efficiencies in power delivery. [read more]

February 23, 2021

Sentient Energy® Acquires Key Assets of Varentec® to Give Utilities Comprehensive Visibility, Analytics, and Control to the Distribution Grid Edge

Frisco, TX, February 23rd, 2021 – Acquisition extends Sentient Energy’s monitoring, analytics and predictive insights capabilities from the substation to the grid edge and adds dynamic control system for easier management of energy demand and improved efficiency. [read more]

January 28, 2021

Sentient Energy® and Onpoint Digital Solutions™ Integrate Capabilities For Breakthrough Electric Utility Predictive Analytics

Wichita, KS, January 28th, 2021 – New platform from Koch Engineered Solutions companies will enable data-driven grid management decisions for optimal safety, reliability, and modernization initiatives.  [read more]

January 5, 2021

Bob Karschnia Joins Sentient Energy® as CEO & President

Frisco, TX, January 5th, 2021 – Sentient Energy, the leading provider of advanced grid monitoring and analytics for electric utilities, today announced that Bob Karschnia has joined the organization as CEO and President.  [read more]

August 11, 2020

Sentient Energy® Announces Launch of Next-Generation UM3+™ Intelligent Underground Sensor with Multi-Carrier Cellular Communications Flexibility

Burlingame, Calif., August 11th, 2020 – Sentient Energy®, Inc., the leading provider of advanced grid monitoring and analytics for electric utilities, today announced the commercial launch of their newly upgraded underground sensor, the UM3+.  [read more]

March 31, 2020

Koch Industries Unit Acquires Sentient Energy to Focus on Distribution Grid Intelligence

March 31, 2020 Koch Engineered Solutions (KES), a unit of Koch Industries Inc., this week announced it has acquired Sentient Energy, provider of intelligent line sensors and grid analytics software for fault detection, outage prevention, and safe, reliable power delivery. [read more at]

March 26, 2020

Koch Engineered Solutions Acquires Sentient Energy In Initial Step Toward Building An Intelligent Electric Grid Platform

Wichita, KS – March 26, 2020 – Sentient Energy’s industry leading Grid Analytics System to be foundation
for new KES intelligent grid platform. [read more]

January 29, 2020

Sentient Energy’s New Grid Analytics Capabilities Pave the Way for Actionable Grid Edge Intelligence

San Antonio, TX – January 29, 2020 – 100s of millions of disturbances and waveforms leveraged to create a growing library of models enable innovative partnerships with utilities. [read more]

November 12, 2019

Sentient Energy® Presents Premier Grid Sensing & Analytics Platform At European Utility Week In Paris, France

Paris, France – 12 Nov 2019 – Sentient Energy, Inc. will present its industry-leading Grid Analytics System at European Utility Week in Paris, serving growing global demand for its products in Europe, Asia and Austrasia. [read more]

September 4, 2019

Sentient Energy MM3 Distribution Monitoring Sensors Receive First-Ever IOT Certification from Southern Linc

Burlingame, CA – Sept 4, 2019 – Sentient Energy, Inc. has partnered with Southern Linc, a Southern Company (NYSE: SO) to bring their industry-leading intelligent sensors and grid analytics system to Southern Linc customers. [read more]

May 2, 2019

JEA Expands Deployment of Sentient Energy Distribution Grid Sensors to Improve Grid Reliability

Jacksonville, FL – May 2, 2019 – Sentient Energy will play an integral role in the development of Grid Modernization project of JEA, Florida’s largest municipal utility. [read more]

March 19, 2019

Sentient Energy Announces Grid Ignition Source Detection Capabilities

Burlingame, Calif. – March 19, 2019 – Sentient Energy, Inc., a leading provider of advanced grid monitoring and analytics for electric utilities, today announced their Grid Ignition Source Detection (GISD) capabilities to fight California wildfires. [read more]

February 6, 2019

Sentient Energy Unveils First Ubiquitous Grid Monitoring and Analytics System at DistribuTECH 2019

New Orleans, LA – February 6, 2019 – Sentient Energy, Inc., the leading Intelligent Sensing Platform provider offering advanced grid monitoring and analytics for electric utilities, today unveiled the first ubiquitous distribution grid monitoring and analytics system for grid reliability and safety at DistribuTECH 2019 in New Orleans. [read more]

February 5, 2019

Sentient Energy Partners with Top Tier Utility to Test Underground Grid Sensors

New Orleans, LA – February 5, 2019 – Sentient Energy has entered into an agreement with Exelon’s utility companies to help develop and test its new UM3+ intelligent line monitor designed for underground deployment. [read more]

October 11, 2018

Navigant Research Names Sentient the Leading Distribution Power Sensor Provider

Boulder, CO – October 11, 2018 – A new Leaderboard Report from Navigant Research examines the strategy and execution of nine distribution power sensor providers, with Sentient and Aclara ranked as the leading market players. [read more]

August 30, 2018

Sentient Energy Announces Ample 4.0 with Advanced Analytics and Visualization

Burlingame, CA – August 30, 2018 – Sentient Energy, the industry leader of Intelligent Sensing Control Analytics Networks, today announced the new version of the Sentient Energy Ample software. Ample 4.0 includes new “dashboard” workflow tools for data analytics, enhanced device management, and multi-sensor support for Sentient’s ZeroAmp Monitor ZM1 alongside its flagship, the MM3. [read more]

May 17, 2018

New Braunfels Utilities Partners with Sentient Energy to Improve Disturbance Management and Fault Detection Operations

New Braunfels, TX – May 17, 2018 – New Braunfels Utilities (NBU) – a Texas based industry-leading utility, recently partnered with Sentient Energy™ to improve their grid operations and fault detection practices. Sentient Energy’s Grid Analytics System™ and intelligent sensors quickly provided significant benefits including reduction of power interruption frequency and duration. [read more]

January 23, 2018

Sentient Energy Unveils World’s First Intelligent Sensor for Underground at DistribuTECH 2018

Burlingame, Calif., January 23, 2018 – Sentient Energy, Inc., today unveiled the Sentient UM3+™, the first intelligent distribution grid monitor designed for underground deployment. [read more]

January 18, 2018

Sentient Energy Widens its Leadership in Intelligent Sensing, Control and Analytics Networks (ISCAN) with Shipments Exceeding 55,000 Units

Burlingame, Calif., January 18, 2018 – Sentient Energy, Inc., announced today that shipments of its intelligent distribution line monitors have now exceeded 55,000 units. Sentient Energy line monitors are designed to detect, capture, analyze and communicate faults and non-fault disturbances in real time over both AMI/DA mesh networks and cellular networks. [read more]

January 11, 2018

Sentient Energy Is Recognized with Frost & Sullivan’s 2017 North American New Product Innovation Award

Santa Clara, Calif., January 11, 2018 – Based on its recent analysis of the distribution grid monitoring industry, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Sentient Energy with the 2017 North American New Product Innovation Award for its Grid Analytics System. It offers high resolution sensing, monitoring, analytics, real-time alerts, and utility-favored communication solutions with highly scalable options for utilities. [read more]

December 7, 2017

Sentient Energy Ramps Up Volume Production of Its ZM1™ Distribution Line Monitors to Meet Strong Demand

Burlingame, Calif., December 7, 2017 – Sentient Energy, Inc., today announced that it is experiencing strong demand for its new ZM1™ distribution line sensors and has ramped up production. The Sentient ZM1 is the world’s first advanced line monitor that can be deployed on distribution lines where no or very-low amperage is available to power monitoring devices, including laterals, feeder tie points and rural distribution circuits. [read more]

May 12, 2017

Manitoba Hydro Selects Sentient Energy 4G LTE Enabled Cellular Grid Analytics to Drive Success of “Worst Feeder Program”

Burlingame, Calif., May 12, 2017–Sentient Energy, Inc., a leading provider of advanced grid monitoring and analytics solutions for electric utilities, today announced that Manitoba Hydro has selected the Sentient Grid Analytics System and MM3™ distribution grid sensors to support the utility’s “Worst Feeder Program” initiative. The Sentient Energy platform will allow Manitoba Hydro to identify system faults faster and restore power to more customers in a shorter period of time at the most critical points on its distribution grid. [read more]

January 31, 2017

Sentient Energy Expands Intelligent Analytics to Entire Distribution Grid

Intelligent Distribution Line Monitors Can Now Be Deployed even where No Amperage is Available

SAN DIEGO, CA – January 31, 2017 –Sentient Energy, Inc., a leading provider of advanced grid monitoring and analytics solutions to electric utilities for safe and reliable power delivery, today announced its new Sentient ZM1™ zero amperage grid monitor for deployment on cellular and mesh networks at “DistribuTECH 2017.” [read more]

January 27, 2017

Sentient Energy Announces Intelligent “Disturbance Analytics” Capability Enabling Utilities to Reduce Frequency of Service Interruptions

New capability leverages advanced analytics to mitigate momentary outages, prevent sustained outages and identify power quality issues

Burlingame, CA January 27, 2017 – Sentient Energy, Inc., a leading provider of advanced grid monitoring and analytics solutions to electric utilities for safe and reliable power delivery, today announced the availability of its “Disturbance Analytics” capability with the latest version of the company’s Grid Analytics System. [read more]

December 15, 2016


December 14, 2016

Sentient Energy was honored as a finalist in the 2016 Platts Global Energy Awards “Rising Star – Company” category. The 2016 Finalists were chosen from over 170 nominees from 30 nominating countries (See Full Sentient Energy Platts Global Energy Award Profile).

October 20, 2016

Sentient Energy to Add Speed, Coverage, and
Reliability to Electric Grid Analytics with AT&T Connectivity
Sentient Energy sensors and analytics certified for large scale deployment on AT&T 4G LTE Cellular Networks

BURLINGAME, CA, October 20, 2016 – – Sentient Energy has announced that it is collaborating with AT&T to improve the safety and reliability of electric service to smart cities, consumers, and commerce. The two companies have joined forces to bring Sentient’s leading line sensors and Grid Analytics System to electric utilities on AT&T’s 4G LTE network.

Equipped with high resolution oscillography, Sentient’s MM3™ sensors reliably detect faults and fault precursors on electric power lines, and enable the safe integration of rooftop solar and other distributed energy resources (DER) into the grid. With Sentient’s Grid Analytics System, utilities quickly restore power and avoid outages by predicting and preventing failures.

MM3™ sensors with AT&T wireless connectivity do not require any pole-mounted equipment and provide important grid operations information in near real-time by connecting to the AT&T network.

“AT&T is dedicated to providing the Utility Industry with innovative IoT technologies,” said Mike Zeto, General Manager and Executive Director AT&T Smart Cities and IoT. “By teaming with Sentient Energy, we utilize our global 4G LTE network to help utilities make the grid more reliable, safer and more efficient.”

“Sentient leads the market with the largest line sensor deployments in North America,” added Michael Bauer, Sentient Energy President and Founder. “We look forward to growing our deployments of the Grid Analytics System on AT&T’s pervasive 4G LTE network at many of our customers, including PG&E, KCPL, Manitoba Hydro, and New Brunswick Power.”

Sentient Energy has been recognized as one of the “2016 Top 15 Smart Grid Companies to Watch,” by the editors of “Smart Grid News,” a winner of “the 2016 Red Herring Top 100 North America Award,” and was recently named a finalist in the “Rising Star – Company” category of the “Platts Global Energy Awards.”

September 29, 2016

Sentient Energy Selected as 2016 Platts Global Energy Awards Finalist
Winners to be Recognized at December 8 New York Gala

Burlingame, Calif. (September 29, 2016) – Sentient Energy announced today that it has been selected as a Finalist in the 2016 Platts Global Energy Awards.

Energy companies from 25 countries have been selected as Finalists. The 2016 Finalists, chosen from over 170 nominees from 30 nominating countries, were announced by program host S&P Global Platts, the leading global provider of energy and commodities information and spot market benchmarks.

Sentient Energy will be competing with 11 other exceptional companies for the “Rising Star – Company” award. Sentient Energy develops, manufactures and sells power-grid analytics systems for leading electric utilities. Sentient’s Grid Analytics System consists of MM3® intelligent line sensors, distributed software apps, and the Sentient Ample® Analytics Suite.

Sentient Energy line sensors have been referred to as the new ‘wearables’ for the electric grid. Along with Sentient Energy’s analytics software, their ability to detect and define anomalies are helping major North American Utilities reduce the number and duration of service disruptions, and to anticipate and remediate problems before they occur. As the growth of distributed solar power continues to transform the electric distribution grid from single to bidirectional power flow, Sentient Energy sensors and analytics will provide the grid intelligence necessary to maintain safety and efficiency in this new distributed model.

Established in 1999 and often described as “the Oscars of the energy industry,” the Platts Global Energy Awards highlight corporate and individual innovation, leadership and superior performance in 18 categories that span the entire energy complex.

Hundreds of energy industry representatives are expected to attend the 2016 Platts Global Energy Awards black-tie dinner gala in New York City on December 8. The awards program will be emceed by CNBC Reporter Jackie DeAngelis.

September 8, 2016

Sentient Energy and Landis+Gyr Announce ‘Plug-and-Play’ Capability for S610 Line Sensors Deployed on Landis+Gyr’s Distribution Automation Network

New capability significantly improves deployment efficiency of intelligent fault sensors

Burlingame, CA and Atlanta, GA, Sept. 8, 2016 – Sentient Energy, Inc. and Landis+Gyr announced a new automated provisioning capability for Landis+Gyr’s S610 Line Sensor. As a result, this intelligent fault circuit indicator, developed by Sentient Energy, can now be deployed as a plug-and-play network component in Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream® Distribution Intelligence solution.

“By further automating this part of the deployment process, utilities more quickly realize benefits in the field,” said John Radgowski, Vice President of Solutions Product Management at Landis+Gyr. “In addition to substantial time and cost savings on each unit deployed, the ability to place sensors anywhere in the network without prior programming streamlines the planning process for faster return on investment.”

A key feature of Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream solution is the ability to bring distributed intelligence to any device on the network to further automate decision making and utility workflows. The S610 Line Sensor’s unique, plug-and-play capability is enabled by a built-in GPS functions and a precision clock that provides both location and micro-second accurate time information.

“Our mesh network line sensor deployments are the largest in North America,” said Jim Keener, CEO of Sentient Energy. “The S610 is the most advanced fault circuit indicator and line sensor available for use in smart grid networks powered by Landis+Gyr. The sensor can now use the built-in capabilities and intelligence already in the device to help utilities manage inventory, speed deployment and deliver a more reliable and responsive distribution grid.”

Sentient Energy and Landis+Gyr have already shipped or deployed more than 2,000 line sensors with this capability, and expect shipments to increase rapidly in 2016 and 2017.
The S610 Line Sensor is an intelligent fault sensor that further extends the distribution monitoring capabilities of Landis+Gyr’s RF mesh network for distribution automation. It delivers fault location and accurate load logging from any point on the distribution network, improving visibility of distribution grid performance. Additionally, the device is a power harvesting sensor that generates necessary power from the current flowing in the distribution line and is capable of sensing current, conductor temperature and voltage characteristics. Sentient Energy line sensor deployments at leading U.S. utilities have demonstrated significant improvements in System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI), System Average Interruption Frequency Index (SAIFI) and Customer Average Interruption Duration Index (CAIDI).

July 7, 2016

The Growth of Distributed Renewable Energy Demanding More Intelligent Grid Sensors and Analytics (Read Article)



June 9, 2016

Sentient Energy Wins 2016 Red Herring Top 100 North America Award

IMAG0413_BURST002_COVERBurlingame, Calif., June 9, 2016 – Sentient Energy, Inc., a leading provider of advanced grid monitoring and analytics solutions to electric utilities for safe and reliable power delivery, announced today it had been selected as a winner for Red Herring’s Top 100 North America award, a prestigious list honoring the year’s most promising private technology ventures from the North American business region. Winners were announced at special Red Herring 100 North America awards ceremony on Wednesday evening, June 8, at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa.

Red Herring has been selecting the most exciting and promising start-ups and growth companies since 1995. Sentient Energy was selected from a large pool of candidates across North America based on the company’s technological innovation, management strength, IP and patents, proof of concept, market size, investor record, customer acquisition and financial health. During the several months leading up to the announcement, hundreds of companies in the fields of security, Web 2.0, software, hardware, life sciences, cloud, mobile and others completed their submissions to qualify for the award.

“We are extremely proud that ‘Red Herring 100’ has recognized Sentient Energy for its outstanding vision, market strategy, and execution,” said Sentient Energy CEO, Jim Keener. “We look forward to continued success as our industry-leading technology continues to build market share among the nation’s top electric utilities.”

“The ‘Red Herring 100’ joins an impressive list of awards that Sentient Energy has garnered over the past several years,” added Sentient Energy President and Founder, Michael Bauer. “It is a testament to the hard work and quality of our management team and staff, to the faith and commitment of our investors, and to our utility customers who are making their work and their customers’ lives better with our exceptional technology.”

May 12, 2016

Sentient Energy – Taking reliability to a new level


In a new digital economy where uninterrupted electrical service to homes is as crucial as service to business and industry, utilities are continually trying to improve outage restoration times or prevent them from happening in the first place.

And Sentient Energy is on the verge of taking service reliability to a whole new level.

April 12, 2016

Industrial Automation Innovation Leader Joins Sentient Energy as Vice President of Sales
0011RSentient Energy, Inc., provider of the utility industry’s only Grid Analytics System that covers the entire distribution network with quickly deployed intelligent sensors and analytics, today announced it has appointed Venkat Bahl as Vice President of Sales.

A senior sales, business development, and marketing executive, Bahl joins Sentient Energy with more than 19 years of experience selling innovative products and systems into industrial automation, engineering and commercial markets. At Emerson Electric, a Fortune Global 500 Company with 2015 sales of more than $22 billion, Bahl grew sales of wireless automation products over twenty-fold in four years, helping create a $300M annual business for the Process Management Division. Bahl also achieved an outstanding track record as a sales and marketing leader at companies including Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) leader, Apprion; IoT timing expert, Discera; and ZigBee pioneer, Ember Corporation.

“Aggressive initiatives by Utilities to improve grid reliability and safety, coupled with the rapid evolution of distributed energy resources, is driving strong demand for our intelligent sensors and advanced grid analytics,” said Sentient Energy CEO, Jim Keener. “Venkat Bahl’s exceptional success in building and managing sales teams that succeed at selling groundbreaking innovation into traditional industries undergoing a paradigm shift, will be invaluable in helping us to achieve our aggressive growth targets and providing a smooth transition to a significantly larger customer base.”

Sentient Energy’s MM3™ distribution grid sensors feature the company’s proprietary Waveform analysis technology that captures high-resolution oscillography associated with faults and network events anywhere on the distribution grid and wirelessly transmits key data or the entire waveform, as needed, to its proprietary Ample™ analytics platform for further analysis. This allows utilities to identify potential issues and perform preventative maintenance to avoid outages. In December 2015, Sentient Energy announced a deployment of more than 20,000 MM3 intelligent sensors covering Florida Power & Light’s (FPL) 42,000-mile overhead service area (see cover story in T&D World).

February 17, 2016


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SAN RAMON — Already a leader in adopting smart grid technology, PG&E has deployed cutting-edge equipment that will pinpoint the location of outages and speed up restoration.

The new technology — called line sensors — allows enhanced, real-time monitoring of the electrical grid, the system that delivers energy to customers and businesses throughout communities. By identifying the location where an outage originated, the line sensors help PG&E respond and turn the lights back on more quickly.

Bobby Berrios, left, PG&E troubleman, and Steve Parrott, line sensor project installation manager, prepare to test line voltage before installing a sensor in San Ramon. (Photos by James Green.)

“This is…smart grid technology. [It’s] very high tech. It looks like a fairly plain box, but there’s a lot in here,” said Eric Schoenman, an expert in Emerging Grid Technologies at PG&E, during a recent demonstration event at PG&E’s advanced smart grid lab.

Just a few years ago, utilities like PG&E had to rely on customer telephone calls to learn of an outage. With the installation of a SmartMeter network, PG&E now knows the geographic area where an outage is occurring almost instantaneously. However, in many cases, the exact location and cause of an outage might not be clear.

Line sensors solve that problem.

Barry Anderson, PG&E’s vice president of emergency preparedness and operations, sees significant benefits for the company’s customers with the new technology.

“What it really does, it allows us to know where a power outage may be and allows us to have our operators dispatch either our crews or troublemen [PG&E’s first responders] more quickly and efficiently. And it does it through…a GPS coordinate on where the outage may be. This allows for better communications to customers in terms of what the problem is, when their lights will come back on,” Anderson said.

When emergencies happen, such as when a car strikes a power pole, knocking down wires and causing an outage, seconds count.

A close up look at a line sensor being installed. Line sensors will allow PG&E to incorporate more renewable sources of energy into its grid.

With this technology, “instead of having a troubleman patrol an entire line that may be three to four miles long, line sensors can pinpoint within three or four poles where that temporary fault was. This will allow us to be more efficient in our patrols, but also prevent interruptions from occurring before they happen,” he said.

As an added benefit, this new technology will allow PG&E to incorporate more renewable sources of energy into its grid.

“Historically, how the system has worked, power has flown from the substation down to the home. With renewables on our system, rooftop solar, etc., we’ve got situations where that power is flowing two ways. These line sensors give our operators the type of information they need to better manage the grid under these circumstances,” according to Anderson.

PG&E is a leader in rooftop solar, with more interconnected systems than any other utility in the nation. With smart grid technology such as line sensors, PG&E can continue to integrate more renewable energy onto its system while working to get the lights back on more quickly when an outage strikes.

PG&E has installed more than 500 line sensors so far as part of a Smart Grid pilot that runs through the end of 2016. If the pilot is successful, then PG&E would move ahead with a system-wide deployment as part of its 2017-19 General Rate Case.

February 9, 2016

Sentient Energy Adds LTE Support to Cellular MM3™ Intelligent Sensor

Sentient’s family of MM3 sensors now support LTE in addition to 3G (HSPA, HSPA+, UMTS) and 2G (GPRS), and is fully compatible with latest version of the company’s Ample™ Analytics platform.

Burlingame, Calif., February 9, 2016 – Sentient Energy, Inc., a leading provider of advanced grid monitoring and analytics solutions for electric utilities, today announced support for the latest generation LTE technology within its cellular-based MM3™ intelligent distribution grid sensor at DistribuTECH 2016 in Orlando, Florida.

The LTE unit is backwards compatible with existing 3G and 2G cellular networks giving it maximum coverage today, and making it an excellent solution globally. The newest cellular MM3 will join the company’s industry-leading line of intelligent sensors and analytics for deployment over mesh and cellular communications networks. Sentient Energy recently announced a deployment of more than 20,000 MM3 intelligent sensors on Florida Power & Light’s (FPL) 42,000-mile overhead service area. (see article)

“Sentient’s LTE-based MM3 intelligent sensors offer significant advantages over older cellular units by extending coverage across the 4G/3G/2G spectrum combined with extremely competitive operating costs,” said Sentient Program Manager, Samir Badia. “LTE is the cellular industry’s technology of the future. By adding LTE support while retaining legacy cellular network compatibility, we can extend the product’s expected lifespan and expand the available coverage area. An LTE-compatible sensor platform can be quickly deployed with virtually no additional infrastructure costs, making it an ideal option for utilities without a suitable DA network.”

Sentient Energy has partnered with AT&T to offer the new MM3 in any area where AT&T or its carrier partners’ LTE networks are available, providing a wide area of coverage across North America. The Sentient LTE-based MM3 will be fully-integrated with Sentient’s recently announced Ample 3.0 Analytics platform. The Ample platform analyzes huge amounts of high-resolution waveforms data to identify and analyze grid events. Together, the MM3™ sensors and Ample™ Analytics platform provide everything needed to capture and analyze data from across the distribution grid.

The Sentient Energy new LTE-compatible MM3 sensors are now in beta deployment and will be generally available for shipment in April, 2016.

About Sentient Energy, Inc.

Sentient Energy makes power delivery safe, reliable and solar ready. We provide the industry’s only Grid Analytics System that covers the entire distribution network with quickly deployed intelligent sensors and analytics that identify and analyze potential faults and other grid events. We lead the market with the largest mesh network line sensor deployments in North America, and partnerships with leading utility network providers including Silver Spring Networks, Landis + Gyr, and AT&T. For more information, visit

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January 5, 2016

T&D World Magazine: Sensors Raise System Intelligence

FPL distribution grid sensor deployment is aimed at increasing grid resiliency, preventing outages and reducing service restoration times.


December 8, 2015

Sentient Energy Signs Deal with Florida Power & Light to Deliver 20,000 Distribution Line Sensors
Contract will result in world’s largest intelligent sensor deployment, covering entire FPL service territory

Burlingame, Calif., December 8, 2015 – Sentient Energy, Inc., a leading provider of advanced grid monitoring and analytics solutions for electric utilities, today announced that it has signed a contract with Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) to deliver 20,000 Sentient MM3™ intelligent distribution grid sensors. These sensors will help FPL locate outages quicker and get crews to an electric fault location faster to speed restoration for its 4.8 million customers in Florida.

“We are delighted to be part of FPL’s strategy to improve customer reliability and grid safety,” said Sentient Energy CEO, Jim Keener. “For years, FPL has been seen as an innovation leader in the utility industry. We are seeing other utilities looking to benefit from FPL’s best practices.”

The contract also includes Sentient’s Ample™ Analytics Platform, which will allow FPL to capture data related to outages. Ample Analytics will enable FPL to identify and analyze other power grid disturbances so they can be addressed before an event occurs.

The Sentient MM3 intelligent sensor deployment is a major component of FPL’s reliability improvement strategy. It began in 2013 as part of FPL’s “Energy Smart Florida” program and has grown from a 3,000 unit pilot to include more than 20,000 sensors across FPL’s 42,000 miles of overhead lines. The Sentient Energy contract will result in the largest utility distribution grid line sensor deployment in the world.

“The goal of our initial pilot was to prove we could identify locations of electrical outages more accurately, helping us respond more quickly and speed restoration for our customers,” said Manny Miranda, senior vice president of power delivery for FPL. “The Sentient line sensors proved effective during our pilot program. We are excited about a full-scale deployment, and with the new analytics software, we hope to prevent many of these faults from occurring in the first place.”

The new Sentient MM3 sensors are equipped with high-resolution oscillography technology that will allow FPL to detect minute disturbances on the grid and use this information to isolate faults, detect defective equipment before it fails, and analyze the unique patterns of these events to predict the likelihood of future outages. These sensors continuously monitor the grid and immediately send useful data back to the utility for analysis and response. As a result, FPL will build a database of historical data that it will use to analyze, predict, and repair potential faults before they occur.

“Our strategic partnership with FPL has helped us develop the industry’s most accurate and reliable distribution grid fault detection and analysis system, capable of monitoring the grid at thousands of locations, while using the data it collects to achieve greater reliability at a lower cost, “ said Keener. “We believe that in the near future, distribution grid sensors equipped with advanced analytics and communications technology will play a significant role in providing reliable service at many other forward-looking utilities.”

About FPL

Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving approximately 4.8 million customer accounts across nearly half of the state of Florida. FPL’s typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 30 percent lower than the latest national average and, in 2014, was the lowest in Florida among reporting utilities for the fifth year in a row. FPL’s service reliability is better than 99.98 percent, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all utilities nationwide. The company was recognized in 2014 as the most trusted U.S. electric utility by Market Strategies International, and has earned the national ServiceOne Award for outstanding customer service for an unprecedented 10 consecutive years. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,700 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, ethics and diversity, including being ranked in the top 10 worldwide for innovativeness and community responsibility as part of Fortune’s 2015 list of “World’s Most Admired Companies.” NextEra Energy is also the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. For more information, visit these websites:,,

About Sentient Energy, Inc.

Sentient Energy makes power delivery safe, reliable and solar ready. We provide the industry’s only Grid Analytics System that covers the entire distribution network with quickly deployed intelligent sensors and analytics that identify and analyze potential faults and other grid events. We lead the market with the largest mesh network line sensor deployments in North America, and partnerships with leading utility network providers including Silver Spring Networks, Landis + Gyr, and AT&T. For more information, visit

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