New York utilities team with Omnetric on AMI rollout

Two units of Consolidated Edison have started their massive smart meter rollout in New York and parts of New Jersey.

ConEd units Con Edison Co. of New York (CECONY) and Orange & Rockland Utilites (O&R) and its partners ultimately will install 5 million electricity and gas meters. The first of the meters went live this summer.

The advanced metering infrastructure rollout is underpinned with Siemens EnergyIP meter data management software. OMNETRIC Group, a joint venture of Siemens and Accenture, implemented the software solution for the meters.

“Our collaboration with OMNETRIC Group and Siemens means EnergyIP is now an integral part of New York’s future energy system, helping us meet the targets for our smart metering project today and for the broader New York State “Reforming the Energy Vision” (REV) goals in the future,” said  Jamie Prettitore, Director, Advanced Metering Infrastructure at Con Edison, in a statement.

Con Edison’s program aims to use power consumption information to improve grid reliability and reduce outages, empower customer engagement, and facilitate the integration of renewable energy resources onto the grid. In use since early June 2017, the EnergyIP data hub makes Con Edison capable of recording and processing electric power meter data in near real-time.

 “The OMNETRIC Group-Siemens team worked closely with Con Edison and Orange & Rockland to successfully deploy the first phase of the program; ready for the first meters to go live in July,” says Craig Cavanaugh, CEO of OMNETRIC Group in North America. “The utility is already seeing how EnergyIP will serve as more than a meter data management system, able to process information about the low-voltage network that will improve grid reliability and efficiency across their territory.”

Previously, Con Edison and Orange & Rockland employees read the data directly on the meters. Today, with the EnergyIP solution, the utility can automatically query the smart meters every 15 minutes to retrieve consumption data and prepare it for billing their power and gas customers.

 The EnergyIP platform also uses complex data analyses and sophisticated algorithms to ensure that power outages on the grid can be localized and eliminated faster than ever before. In addition, the data can be forwarded to the energy market in real-time to optimize the integration and regulation of renewable energy sources.

“Alongside OMNETRIC Group, Siemens is proud to work with Con Edison and Orange & Rockland on the solution development and implementation of EnergyIP to support the rollout of more than 5 million smart electricity and gas meters,” said Thomas Zimmermann, CEO of the Digital Grid Business Unit, Siemens Energy Management Division. “With both robust and advanced data processing capabilities, the EnergyIP solution will serve as a platform for effectively managing growing volumes of data in the smart grid.”

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