On-Ramp Wireless, Inc. (“On-Ramp”) hereby submits comments in response to the Department of Energy’s (“DOE”) May 11, 2010 Request for Information as to the communications needs of electric utilities to inform federal Smart Grid policy. In these comments, On-Ramp addresses two vital aspects of the need for wireless communications in connection with Smart Grid—more specifically, for customer smart meters and devices and for certain types of distribution grid system monitoring.
First, On-Ramp discusses the need to reliably link millions of customer meters and home area networks with each other and with utility access points. Second, On-Ramp discusses the importance of efficiently addressing the foregoing wireless communications needs, from equipment, economic and spectral efficiency perspectives. Simply stated, efficiency is vital because it drives down the cost to utility customers of implementing Smart Grid.