Coalition for “˜smart’ technology deployment launched


Tom Standish,
CenterPoint Energy
Armonk, NY and Houston, TX, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — April 16, 2007 – An Intelligent Utility Network (IUN) Coalition has been launched to help accelerate the adoption of IUN technologies and solutions on a global basis.

The Coalition is an initiative of IBM, and CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric has been named as the founding member.

Goals of the IUN Coalition include establishing an industry community for collaboration, knowledge sharing, education and innovation, working with energy industry and standards groups, and the development and deployment of IUN strategic solutions and technologies.

CenterPoint Energy is engaged with IBM in a strategic effort to develop and deploy IUN solutions designed to enhance the efficiency and reliability of its utility operations and to increase the ability of customers to manage and use energy in a more cost-effective and energy efficient way. Projects include an initial limited deployment of an Advanced Meter Infrastructure (AMI) in the Greater Houston area, including components of a ‘self-healing grid’, which will provide grid data, information and analytics to improve outage detection and outage restoration times, grid planning, and ongoing operations.

“We expect that the Intelligent Grid will improve electric power line grid planning, operations, and maintenance, enabling us to deliver power more efficiently. We also expect the technology to contribute to fewer and shorter outages and higher productivity while maintaining our high level of data security,” said Tom Standish, CenterPoint Energy Group President, Regulated Operations. “This innovative technology will provide on-demand data and information that will create a platform for exciting new products and better service for our customers.”

An IUN is an information architecture and infrastructure that enables the continuous automated monitoring of a utility’s assets and operations as well as customer electricity usage, and uses this ‘on demand’ information to improve service, reliability and efficiency. This includes a combination of ‘smart’ technologies and analytics, which connect and facilitate information flows and remote monitoring and control among utility equipment installed in the field and computers in central offices, providing real-time access to operations and business data.