Smart grid wins: Partnerships, acquisitions, projects and more



As readers will see, this week’s collection of smart grid wins is heavy on partnerships and acquisitions. But there’s also plenty of news about a variety of projects and developments.



PPL Corporation said its Pennsylvania utility, PPL Electric Utilities Corporation, is proposing to build a major new regional transmission line that would make electric service more reliable and enhance the security of the electric grid while reducing the cost of electricity for consumers. As currently proposed, the 500-kilovolt line would run about 725 miles from western Pennsylvania into New York and New Jersey, and also south into Maryland. Read more >>


ABB has commissioned an HVDC link for American Electric Power which replaces the 30-year-old Oklaunion HVDC back-to-back converter station in Texas. The converter station is an integral part of the Oklaunion HVDC transmission link - an asynchronous interconnection between the Texas (ERCOT) and Oklahoma (SPP) power grids. Read more >>


Schneider Electric announced the launch of its Intelligent Loop Automation solution. This solution is composed of a certified set of architectures and configurations to manage fault location, isolation and service restoration (FLISR) automatically on distribution feeders in response to network conditions, including faults, outages and load imbalances. Tested by Schneider Electric’s engineers, Intelligent Loop Automation reduces outage restoration time and costs, improves customer satisfaction and makes field crews more efficient. Read more >>


The Siemens EnergyIP smart grid platform will be a key component in energy provider E.ON’s EniM program when it introduces new, intelligent metering systems in Germany. The smart grid platform ensures that E.ON is properly equipped for future roll-out scenarios involving intelligent metering systems that consist of basic meters and smart meter gateways. Read more >>


Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority selected Sensus for its smart water network solution and data analytics technologies. Sensus will provide the utility with the FlexNetâ„¢ communication network, meter data management software and a customer portal. The Sensus FlexNet system is a long-range radio network that serves as a dedicated and secure two-way communications highway and requires less infrastructure than competing solutions. Read more >>

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