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Northern Ireland Electricity Networks Limited (NIE Networks) selected Atos for the provision of IT services for the utility's transmission and distribution infrastructureIn a statement, NIE Networks said it signed a £60 million ($77.5 million) contract with Atos to improve its operations and customer services through innovation and introduction of new business models. In total, NIE Networks provide energy services to some 860,000 consumers.

The solutions provider will help the utility manage and improve its, desktop and various ICT infrastructure and smart grid applications under efforts to transform into a clean energy and digital utility.

Commenting on the signing of the contract, Nicholas Tarrant, managing director at NIE Networks said: “IT is a critical part of how we run the electricity network today. It ensures that we can respond quickly to power cuts and keep customers up to date with progress.

"It also helps us to collect meter readings quarterly from 860,000 homes and businesses. We are looking forward to working with Atos over the next seven years to deliver a reliable and efficient service for NIE Networks and its customers.”

IT services and utility operations

In related news, Japanese utility firm Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) announced it will provide funding toward the operation of the Energy Web Foundation (EWF).

The EWF is a non-profit organisation established by US environmental agency Rocky Mountain Institute and energy blockchain technology developer Grid Singularity to accelerate the commercial deployment of blockchain technology in the energy industry.

EWF is partnering with energy regulators, smart grid technology standardisation bodies and developers of smart grid solutions in developing, testing and deploying an open source energy blockchain technology.

TEPCO joins Centrica plc, Elia, Engie, Royal Dutch Shell plc, Sempra Energy, SP Group, Statoil ASA, Stedin and TWL (Technical Works Ludwigshafen AG) to raise part of the capital required by EWF to implement its operations.

In a press statement, TEPCO said it is joining the nine companies raise $2.5 million of the total capital required by EWF to meet challenges met by energy blockchain startups. Read more...

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