CPS Energy Implements Next Generation DMS from ABB


ABB extends CPS Energy OMS/GIS to provide Distribution SCADA, integrated user interface for all distribution operation functions

Raleigh, NC, April 21, 2008 - ABB, the leading power and automation technology company, announced today that it has received an order for an Integrated Distribution SCADA system from CPS Energy of San Antonio, TX.

Prior to this order, ABB has served as CPS Energy's primary contractor for implementing an integrated OMS/GIS system, complete with both electric and gas GIS and data conversion. The order expands the existing ABB Network Manager DMS installation at CPS Energy to include integrated ABB Network Manager SCADA for distribution.

This project builds on CPS Energy's plans for an advanced distribution management platform to support their utility of the future vision. "We are pleased to collaborate with ABB on technology necessary to achieve our next-generation DMS," said Richard Castrejana, Senior Director of Operations and Customer Reliability at CPS Energy. "Our positive experience with ABB in our OMS/GIS project has enabled us to take the next steps in our technology roadmap."

The integration of OMS, DMS and Distribution SCADA provides many benefits:

One network model for OMS and DMS analysis
Improved operations by close integration of DMS applications with Distribution SCADA
Increased operator efficiency with one system, eliminating the need to go to multiple systems with potentially different data
Integrated security analysis for substation and circuit operations to check for tags in one area affecting operations in the other
Streamlined login and authority management within one system
Consolidated system support for DMS/OMS and Distribution SCADA
Simplified data engineering via coordination of SCADA point and GIS data changes
This project includes support for modeling of distribution substations in GIS and importing one-lines from GIS to be used for SCADA and DMS. In addition, an integrated DMS/OMS/SCADA platform enables CPS Energy to implement smart grid applications such as Volt/Var control, Fault Location, and Automatic Restoration.

"This sizeable order builds on ABB's strong track record of delivering advanced SCADA, EMS and DMS systems to utilities around the world. CPS Energy's DMS system is aligned optimally with ABB's vision of the smart grid" said Salim Khan, head of ABB's Network Management business unit in North America. "We are very proud of our relationship with CPS Energy, and we look forward to achieving real benefits for their business."

ABB will deliver its Network Manager SCADA integrated with the existing Network Manager DMS at CPS Energy. The ABB baseline product will provide full SCADA functionality integrated with outage management and advanced distribution applications.

The order was announced by ABB today at the IEEE PES T&D Conference and Exhibition in Chicago.

About CPS Energy
CPS Energy is the nation's largest municipally owned energy company providing both natural gas and electric service. Acquired by the City of San Antonio in 1942, CPS Energy serves approximately 680,000 electric customers and almost 320,000 natural gas customers in and around the seventh-largest city in the U.S. CPS Energy bills rank the lowest of the nation's 10 largest cities, and the company has earned the highest financial ratings of any electric system in the nation. CPS Energy recorded the highest score nationally in the J. D. Power and Associates 2007 Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study(TM) as well as the second-highest score nationwide in the 2008 Electric Utility Business Survey(TM). For more CPS Energy information, visit www.cpsenergy.com.

About ABB
ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs more than 110,000 people. The company's North American operations, headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, employ about 12,000 people in 20 manufacturing and other major facilities.

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