ABB Distribution Management System application to increase energy efficiency
Sugar Land, Texas - ABB, the leading power and automation technology company, has received an order from Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E) for its industry-leading ABB Network Manager(TM) Distribution Management System (DMS).
OG&E, a recipient of a $130 million U.S. Department of Energy ARRA stimulus grant, plans to deploy Network Manager DMS as part of its Positive Energy® Smart Grid program to increase its distribution system reliability and efficiency and improve customer service. Full deployment is pending Oklahoma Corporation Commission approval of cost recovery.
OG&E will deploy ABB's Network Manager in its Oklahoma City operations control center to monitor, manage and optimize the distribution network. The deployment will provide a modern integrated platform for smart grid automation and optimization applications.
"An advanced control center solution is a key part of our program," said Ken Grant, managing director of OG&E's smart grid program. "We selected the ABB Network Manager to help us achieve the part of our smart grid vision which includes the integration of advanced metering, automation, communications and information technologies on our distribution system."
ABB Network Manager DMS is an operations management system designed to help utilities reduce operating and maintenance costs while enhancing customer service. It provides advanced network modeling and management, integrated switching and tagging, trouble call and outage management, crew management, and historical archiving and reporting. Network Manager DMS also offers integrated SCADA and advanced applications, such as fault location, unbalanced load flow, Volt/Var optimization and simulation mode, as well as interfaces to other information systems that permit organizations to leverage time-critical data across the enterprise.
"We are delighted to work with OG&E, an innovative company who is among the industry leaders in the use of smart grid technologies," said Salim Khan, senior vice president and general manager of ABB Network Management, North America. "Network Manager is an ideal platform for modern control centers to effectively manage and improve the performance of their electric network. We look forward to our partnership with OG&E on this strategic project and supporting their on-going advanced initiatives."
OG&E, which serves more than 777,000 customers in a service territory spanning 30,000 square miles in Oklahoma and western Arkansas, is a subsidiary of Oklahoma City-based OGE Energy Corp. (NYSE: OGE), which also is the parent company of Enogex LLC, a midstream natural gas pipeline business with principal operations in Oklahoma.
ABB (abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs over 117,000 people. The company's North American operations, headquartered in Cary, NC, employ about 12,000 people in 20 manufacturing and other major facilities.
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