Burlington Electric Department selects Siemens for smart grid project

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Burlington Electric Department selects Siemens for smart grid project

By Greentech Lead America: Siemens announced
that it has been selected by Burlington Electric Department (BED), the electric
service provider of the City of Burlington Vt., for the sale and implementation
of the eMeter EnergyIP meter data management (MDM) platform.

BED worked together with the state of Vermont to secure
Smart Grid Investment Grant funding through the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The grant allowed BED to jump start its Smart Grid
plans.

The meter data management system (MDMS) can support BED’s
current needs for billing consumers from data collected from the smart meters,
yet at the same time be flexible enough to adjust to the statewide
functionality desired by state of Vermont regulators.

 

“After a methodical proposal process, we felt that
eMeter EnergyIP was the most robust and flexible software platform in the
marketplace today. We also have seen great value in Siemens implementation
support. A project of this magnitude could have been overwhelming to a utility
of our small size, but Siemens has recognized our constraints, educated us
along the way, and provided invaluable support to meet our goals,” said
Ken Nolan, manager of power resources at BED.

The first phase of the BED Smart Grid project kicked off
with requirements-gathering workshops to help frame the integration work. The
second phase will include meter-to-cash functionality, advanced billing
functionality, and the ability to improve operational efficiencies through
reduced truck rolls and better outage management.

“We feel the partnership we have formed with the
employees of BED coupled with an excellent software platform has created the
foundation for even more innovative programs to come for the municipality of
Burlington,” said Thierry Godart, president of the Siemens Smart Grid
division.  

BED also plans to implement the eMeter EnergyEngage
consumer web portal and new energy efficiency programs which offer its
customers the ability to access their energy usage data and make better
decisions about how and when they consume power.

Recently, Siemens announced
that its Sicure ballast water management system received the final approval
from the Maritime Environmental Protection Committee of the United Nations’
International Maritime Organization (IMO).

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