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TMCNet:  GE and SCE collaborate on smart grid implementation in US

[February 20, 2013]

GE and SCE collaborate on smart grid implementation in US

Feb 20, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) -- GE has announced that it is working with the Southern California Edison, or SCE, to put the smart grid to work by upgrading and modernizing the energy infrastructure.

Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the demonstration project will be launched on June 30, 2013. The demonstration project will include electric-distribution infrastructure, substations, residential homes, cyber security networks, battery energy storage systems and EV charging stations at the University of California, Irvine, and other competitor-supplied products that positively affect the reliability of a modernized grid.

"We're moving the smart grid discussion from engineering and concepts on the drawing boards to our customers," said Doug Kim, director of Advanced Technology, Southern California Edison. "Consumers who have been hearing about a smarter electric grid will now experience it first hand. With increased insight, more options and greater control over their energy usage, consumers in this demonstration project will help us engineer a better energy future." According to GE, the changes will be apparent to consumers at points of energy use, with the most significant grid upgrades taking place behind the scenes. This demonstration project will help SCE, GE and other participants fine-tune the software, communications, automation, hardware and network management tools that will make an advanced energy infrastructure possible.

"While the smart grid has received a lot of attention over the past few years, GE's engineers have actually been at work making a smarter grid for decades," said Mike Carlson, general manager-software solutions for GE's Digital Energy business. "This project will build the model for technologies, organizational structure, employee training and cost/benefit metrics to modernize our power grid nationwide." The project will validate the interoperability of new technologies to improve the efficiency, reliability and sustainability of grid assets.

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