Bethesda, MD, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- December 4, 2009 - Global security company Lockheed Martin, perhaps best known as a defense contractor is making inroads into the smart grid, with a growing number of utility partnerships.

The company has partnered with PPL Electric Utilities, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative and Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative to provide cyber security solutions to address the challenges associated with integrating new smart grid technologies into the existing energy grid.

Partnering with American Electric Power, Lockheed Martin will develop an advanced cyber security operations center to enhance the real-time cyber security monitoring and operations throughout AEP’s gridSMART infrastructure.

Lockheed Martin is also working with three utility companies to provide smart grid consulting support and has teamed with another utility to provide program management services for portions of their smart grid deployment.

In addition to smart grid projects, Lockheed Martin is working with customers to address the nation’s challenges in the areas of cyber security, energy efficiency, management and storage, next generation alternative energy generation and climate monitoring.

“Given our nation’s challenges, we feel it’s critical to provide services across a wide range of utilities and tailor those solutions to fit both large scale investor-owned utilities, as well as municipals and co-ops,” said Bill Graham, president of Lockheed Martin’s Enterprise Integration Group. “Our expertise managing complex projects and implementing cyber security solutions for the nation’s most critical systems positions us to help lay the foundation for an interoperable, scalable and secure grid.”