Networked Energy Services Awarded Additional Smart Grid Project in Romania
SOCIETATEA DE DISTRIBUTIE A ENERGIEI ELECTRICE (SDEE) MUNTENIA NORD expands its use of
the NES Patagonia Energy Applications Platform
San Jose, CA, April 3rd, 2018 : Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAP™), announced today that one of the three Electrica's DSO in Romania, SDEE Muntenia Nord, will install the NES solution for up to an additional 10,000 customers. Electrica is a utility in Romania with three DSO companies, including SDEE Muntenia Nord, and about 3.6M electricity customers. This project further expands the NES infrastructure and project with Electrica, which includes cooperation with local project partner Adrem Engineering as well as integration with the IDSpecto MDM System from Görlitz AG.
This new project follows two previous successful projects in Romania with SDEE Transilvania Nord and SDEE Muntenia Nord, where the NES System is effectively delivering 15 minute load profile data for the installed meters at a daily availability rate that is greater than 99.9%. This outstanding daily availability is achieved through the use of the industry leading OSGP (Open Smart Grid Protocol) based power line communication technology. The 15 minute load profile data provided by the system includes billing consumption data and power quality voltage data (minimum, rms values, and maximum) for each phase connected to the meter – providing a rich source of information to support low-voltage grid operations, capacity management and transmission loss reductions.
Electrica's DSO SDEE Muntenia Nord selected the NES System as a result of a public tender procedure. Besides proven ability to provide remote reading of metering and power quality data, the solution will provide the opportunities for innovation and differentiation offered through the NES Patagonia Energy Applications Platform. This platform, built on the distributed intelligence and computing resources in the NES System, enables Electrica’s customers to actively participate in energy conservation programs and allows Electrica to implement NES Applications, like Grid Navigator and Grid Flow, to identify and help reduce the amount of losses in its low voltage network. In addition, the NES Patagonia Platform offers extensive industry leading security features, such as automatically changing unique meter keys, intrusion detection for individual meters, and AES-128 encryption, which are designed to help protect, detect and respond to cybersecurity threats in an efficient and timely manner.
“The decision to expand our use of the IDSpecto and NES Patagonia Platform directly compliments our Smart Grid strategy because of its rich features, proven reliability, and superior security capabilities,” according Electrica SDEE Muntenia Nord. “NES and Adrem Engineering have been dedicated partners during our initial project, and we look forward to continuing to work with them during this new project. We are impressed by their future proof solution that can incorporate value added smart grid applications through their Energy Applications Platform, as well as allowing remote upgrades to smart meters to provide new security enhancements and new features. This will ensure we can stay aligned to developing regulatory requirements, continue to innovate in our consumer services and make the most of renewable energy and distributed generation”
"This additional project with SDEE Muntenia Nord further validates the outstanding and unmatched performance and value of the NES Patagonia Platform to customers not only in Romania but around the World,” said Michael Anderson, President and CEO of NES. "We are excited about participating in the expanding opportunities in Romania. This project showcases how our Patagonia Energy Applications Platform enables utilities to respond to and actively lead market change, by providing future proof metering infrastructure, smart grid apps and extensive security features."
About Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES)
Networked Energy Services Corporation is a global smart energy leader in the worldwide transformation of the electricity grid into an energy control network, enabling utilities to provide their customers with a more efficient and reliable service, to protect their systems from current and emerging cybersecurity threats, and to offer innovative new services that enable active, intelligent use of energy. NES was formed as a result of the spinoff of Echelon Corporation’s Grid Modernization Division in October 2014. NES is headquartered in the US with R&D centers located in Silicon Valley, North Dakota and Poland, and sales offices throughout the world. NES’ smart grid technology is used in nearly 40 million smart meters and other smart end devices around the world. NES is a member of the OSGP Alliance, a global association of utilities and smart grid companies, which promotes the Open Smart Grid Protocol and cooperates to provide utilities greater value by enabling true, independently-certified, multi-vendor interoperability based upon open international specifications and standards. You can find out more information about NES, its Patagonia Energy Applications PlatformTM (including grid management software, distributed control nodes, and smart meters) and services at: www.networkedenergy.com.