Armonk, NY, U.S.A. and Toronto, ON, Canada — (METERING.COM) — March 30, 2012 – Ontario’s largest electricity distributor Hydro One has selected IBM and its business partner Telvent for its smart grid project.
The advanced distribution system (ADS) project will help the utility identify and assess equipment, test new delivery models for electricity, validate the costs and benefits anticipated with a new smart grid and recommend changes to cost effectively modernize Ontario’s distribution system.
The project intends to enable an increased amount of distributed generation into the grid as well as help increase the reliability of the current distribution system and improve outage management during large scale situations. By taking advantage of the insights gained from new data sources based on analytics, Hydro One will be able to optimize energy utilization and management for greater efficiency while accommodating consumer demand.
“As equipment on our distribution system ages, it needs to be replaced,” said Rick Stevens, vice president, Asset Management at Hydro One. “This creates an opportunity to create a world-class network with new, intelligent and sophisticated technologies to meet the changing needs of our customers. Our collaboration will help Hydro One assess the next generation of distribution equipment and make the right choices for our customers looking for more reliable electricity, particularly in rural areas.”
As the overall system integrator, IBM will provide expertise in smart grid technologies, planning and implementation to oversee the reliability of the network solution. Hydro One will use the Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS), from Telvent, a real time solution that will provide complete functionality for planning, operation and analysis of its distribution system. This will allow Hydro One to more accurately manage and plan their grid investments.