Greensburg, PA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — June 4, 2009 – Allegheny Power, the electricity delivery unit of Allegheny Energy, Inc. is committed to working with other electricity providers, technology vendors, regulators and interested stakeholders to develop smart grid technology, the company has reiterated.
Built upon technology platforms from Augusta Systems, Allegheny’s Research Ridge Test Facility demonstrates how a smart grid can manage energy usage and reduce electricity demand in an automated manner. The test facility features an intelligent network linking meters, thermostats, appliance control devices, home area networks, power line sensors, security devices and other systems.
Interoperability is one of the cornerstones of a smart grid and a major goal of Allegheny’s advanced utility infrastructure projects. Recognizing the importance of industry-wide collaboration, Allegheny’s test facility has an open-door policy to demonstrate its approach and to learn from other projects, the company said in a statement.
The Research Ridge lab opened in 2008 and is one of three advanced utility infrastructure projects under development by Allegheny. The others include the West Virginia Super Circuit, which will evaluate the integration of advanced system monitoring and control, and Modern Grid, a field test for isolating system faults and restoring electricity service without manual intervention. All three projects are located in Morgantown, W.Va.
Allegheny Energy is an investor-owned electric utility that delivers electric service to 1.6 million customers in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia.