US power and gas companies Con Edison and Orange & Rockland Utilities partnered with smart grid solutions provider OMNETRIC group for an MDM rollout.Commenting on the development, Wade Malcolm, CEO of OMNETRIC Group in the Americas said Consolidated Edison was in need of a robust " … smart grid platform to support their innovative advanced metering project, as well as an implementation partner.”
The smart grid solutions provider will help the utilities to integrate meter data management solution Siemens EnergyIP onto networks comprising of 3.9m electric and 1.3m gas consumers.
[quote] OMNETRIC Group claims that the harmonisation of the meter data management technology with utilities’ existing operational and customer engagement solutions will “ help Con Edison and O&R achieve the agility to support a significant meter rollout while advancing a strategic smart data strategy with advanced analytics and grid optimization.”
The utilities said they selected OMNETRIC Group for rollout of the technology due to the organisation’s broad knowledge of the Siemens EnergyIP products.
The group is a joint venture of Siemens and Accenture.
Utility meter data management
The news comes at a time when global smart energy networks solutions provider Silver Spring Networks also announced that it will provide Con Edison with an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) communications system.
The announcement followed approval of Con Edison's plans to implement an AMI by the New York State Public Service Commission's (NYPSC).
In a press statement, Silver Spring the project is set to kickstart in early 2017 through to 2021. The investor-owned utility will deploy smart electric and gas meters as well as Silver Spring’s IPv6 platform. This will allow its three million consumers in New York and Wetchester County to implement the sustainable use of energy.
The communications technology provider claims that its solution will allow the utility to drive advancements in grid reliability and customer service through improved meter data management.
The solution will also allow the utility to manage and monitor distributed energy resources.
Commenting on approval of the programme, Mike Bell, President of Silver Spring Networks said the company is encouraged by the timely regulatory support of Con Edison’s transformational smart grid plans.
Bell concluded that, "Consolidated Edison and the NYPSC are building a framework for utilities around the world to transform energy services for consumers.”