Energy management system for Jamaica Public Service


Bahman Hoveida,
President &
Kingston, Jamaica — (METERING.COM) — January 17, 2008 – The Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) has signed a contract with Open Systems International, Inc. to supply OSI’s next-generation energy management system (EMS) technology.

JPS is an integrated electric utility company and the sole distributor of electricity in Jamaica, purchasing power from a number of independent power producers. JPS owns and operates 28 generating units, 54 substations and approximately 14,000 kilometers of transmission and distribution lines. The utility’s main motivation for choosing OSI was OSI’s open technology, excellent customer service and software assurance program, which allows JPS to maintain and upgrade the hardware and software in Jamaica without reliance on any third party hardware or software supplier.

The proposed system is based on OSI’s monarch™ distributed open architecture and includes supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), automatic generation control and dispatch (AGC), historical information system, transmission network analysis, web-based graphical user interface, short-term load forecast, operator training simulator and DNP and ICCP communications. It will also include the development of a backup/disaster recovery control system to be located in Montego Bay, Jamaica, the country’s other major city.

“We welcome JPS to our user community and appreciate their trust in our company and our technology. Our technology is well suited for independent utilities and those located in isolated regions, such as JPS, which desire to maintain and operate the system with minimal reliance on third party hardware and software suppliers. We look forward to a successful project implementation and a world class EMS implementation in record time,” said Bahman Hoveida, President & CEO of OSI.

“We are particularly pleased with the direction of the monarch product and the use of modern and open technology, which facilitates future upgrades of hardware and software and lowers the total cost of ownership of the system. The key for us was the near 100% track record of customer satisfaction; this is the best fit for us,” said Rick Case, Manager, Operations Planning & IPP Administrator at JPS.