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Energy management company Crompton Greaves (CG) this week won a contract with Dominican Republic Transmission Utility (ETED) to expand the utility’s transmission network.According to a press statement, CG will provide ETED with a smart grid solution including ZIV substation automation and telecommunications system.

Under the agreement, CG will integrate ZIV in seven substations in the southern region of the Dominician Republic beginning March, 2016.

Cruce de Cabral substation connecting the national power grid to Los Cocos wind farm (the country’s largest wind farm generating 77,2MW with mills) is one of the seven substations to be upgraded.

The project will also include integration of a telecom system, ZIV Universal Teleprotection System, for other four existing substations.

The development comes at a time when the ZIV smart grid solution has been deployed by utilities such as Iberdrola and Gas Natural Fenosa in Spain, EDP in Portugal and ERDF in France.

Smart grid developments in Dominican Republic

In other smart grid news coming out of the Dominican Republic, in Q1 2015, the country's electrical utility Consorcio Energético Punta Cana Macao (CEPM) chose GE to deploy more than 14,000 smart meters as well as an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system in a bid to improve grid efficiency in the tourism area of Bávaro and Punta Cana.

Under the deal, GE agreed to deliver its Grid IQ point-to-multipoint AMI in the eastern part of the Dominican Republic, which receives 60% of tourists that come to the country making grid reliability a high priority, said Roberto Herrera, executive director at CEPM.

Mr Herrera said: “GE’s smart meters and Grid IQ advanced metering infrastructure solutions will allow us to connect our smart meter infrastructure across our entire service territory with minimal network requirements.

"They also will give us important real-time information to help us better understand what we can do to optimize our electrical grid.”

CEPM’s service area includes a fast-growing hotel and resort comprising more than 60,000 hotel rooms, which makes grid reliability an important factor in the Dominican Republic’s tourism industry.

GE's meters and AMI solution featuring random phase multiple access network radio technology developed by On-Ramp Wireless, will facilitate two-way communication between CEPM and its customers.