This week's smart grid wins - a diverse mix of technology and innovation


By: SGN Staff


By Doug Peeples

SGN News Editor


We try to find a broad array of smart grid projects and milestones for our smart grid wins feature - not just to keep things interesting, but to demonstrate how diverse the sector really is and how quickly it evolves. This week's collection of projects is no exception.



Survalent Technology, a provider of smart grid solutions for the control room, announced today that it has commissioned a new SCADA system for Western Farmers Electric Cooperative, Oklahoma.


Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC) is a generation and transmission cooperative that provides electric service to 22 member cooperatives and is Oklahoma’s largest locally owned power supply system. WFEC supplies the electrical needs of more than two-thirds of the geographical region of Oklahoma, part of New Mexico, as well as small portions of Texas and Kansas.


PowerBridge LLC, a power transmission developer, said on Monday its $850 million, 660-megawatt underwater Hudson River transmisson line from New Jersey to Manhattan started delivering power to customers in New York City about six weeks ahead of schedule, according to a Reuters news article.


The line is capable of providing about 5 percent of New York City's peak demand, Connecticut-based PowerBridge said in a news release. One megawatt powers about 1,000 homes in New York.

Echelon Corp. has been selected for the project Smart Grid Gotland, according to Transmission & Distribution World. It is a large-scale, innovative smart grid technology demonstration on the island of Gotland, Sweden. It is a joint venture between Swedish power company Vattenfall, Gotland Energy, ABB, Swedish National Grid, Schneider Electric, Royal Institute of Technology and financed in part by the Swedish Energy Agency.


Echelon will provide its Edge Control Node, its Control Operating System (COS)-based application platform and 3,000 advanced grid sensors, which also add smart metering functionality. The first applications to use Echelon's solutions include smart metering, power quality monitoring and analysis, transformer monitoring, outage detection, load management and related analytics applications using NES system software.


A123 Energy Solutions has  announced  the commissioning of its  Long Duration Grid Storage solution in Hawaii for Maui Electric Co. (MECO), Renew Grid says. Installed at an existing MECO substation, the 1 MWh energy storage system is a key component of the Maui Smart Grid Project and will provide peak-load shifting, voltage regulation, reactive power support and wind curtailment relief, according to A123 Energy Solutions.


Efacec ACS, a global provider of smart grid solutions, has been selected to deliver important smart grid technology to one of the largest electric distribution companies in El Salvador, the Distribuidora de Electricidad del Sur, SA de CV (DELSUR). The delivery will include a new outage management system (OMS) and distribution management system (DMS), along with enhanced security features and application redundancy. The project includes an upgrade to the existing Efacec ACS PRISM SCADA system and integration with the utility’s geospatial information system (GIS) and other corporate systems.


The new PRISM DMS and OMS will provide DELSUR with a state-of-the-art solution to help effectively manage and improve the quality and reliability of electricity supply in El Salvador, through enhanced automation and improved situational awareness. The new system will be the first integrated SCADA/DMS/OMS platform in the Central American region.



Itronannounced that Texas-New Mexico Power (TNMP) has installed more than 100,000 Itron cellular smart meters, the most cellular smart meters installed by a single utility. This milestone also brings the total number of Itron cellular smart meters deployed to half a million, the greatest quantity of cellular meters deployed by any one supplier, with an additional 2 million meters contracted with utilities throughout North America.


TNMP will install a total of 240,000 Itron cellular smart meters as a part of its AMI deployment. The AMI system enables TNMP to expand capabilities to support energy management and increase operational efficiencies with an integrated disconnect switch and on-demand read capabilities.


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