Baltimore, September 20, 2010 – Baltimore Gas and Electric, a unit of Constellation Energy, has teamed with Accenture and Oracle to implement a smart meter network for its 1.2 million customers.
Smart grid will provide customers with detailed information regarding energy consumption and cost, and will deliver data that will enable BGE to enhance the performance of its distribution network.
Combined with BGE’s energy efficiency and demand response initiatives, smart grid will help the state of Maryland, under EmPOWER Maryland, achieve its goal of a 15 percent reduction in total system demand by 2015.
“BGE is pleased to partner with both Accenture and Oracle – two premier companies – that will enable us to deliver the significant transformational benefits of smart grid to each of our 1.2 million customers,” said Kenneth W. DeFontes, president and chief executive officer of BGE. “Those benefits include at least $2.5 billion worth of savings for BGE customers over the life of the project, as well as major new enhancements in customer service and reliability. Accenture’s experience in intelligent networks and Oracle’s in software, positions BGE to make those transformational benefits a reality.”
Accenture will provide systems integration services including the design, build and management of a customer web portal, meter data management system, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), and integration related to BGE’s customer care and billing and outage management systems.
Accenture also will provide project management support through planning, execution, field deployment and change management activities.
BGE’s smart meter network will leverage Oracle’s utilities meter data management system to help manage and analyze high volumes of meter data more effectively while providing customers with detailed energy usage data, which is expected to result in decreased peak energy consumption and electric bills.
BGE also plans to integrate the meter data management system with its existing Oracle utilities network (outage) management system to enhance outage management processes with near real-time outage and restoration verification capabilities.
Stu Solomon, senior executive in Accenture’s Utilities industry group, said, “BGE, as an industry leader, is committed to transforming its business and network to better serve its customers, strengthen its workforce, and comply with regulatory requirements. The U.S. Department of Energy, through the smart grid program, has granted BGE a unique opportunity to further enhance its infrastructure so that its customers can benefit from enhanced reliability, reduced costs, and greater control of their home energy usage. Accenture is committed to helping BGE leverage the power of intelligent networks and build a grid of the future so that utility customers in Central Maryland can realize the benefits envisioned by BGE and regulatory authorities.”
Stephan Scholl, senior vice president and general manager for Oracle Utilities said, “We’re pleased to team with Accenture to deliver tangible business value to BGE and its smart grid initiatives. BGE’s investment in several Oracle Utilities products validates the comprehensive smart grid choice we offer to the industry.”
As part of its implementation of smart grid, BGE plans to be one of the first utilities in the nation to offer smart energy pricing, whereby customers can earn rebates for reducing electricity usage during peak times of the day.
In 2008 and 2009 respectively, BGE, with the support of Accenture, conducted two smart energy pricing pilots during which participating households reduced peak energy consumption ranging from 22 percent to 37 percent. BGE estimates reduction in energy usage will ease the need for future power generation plants and other capacity upgrades that will reduce costs for BGE and its customers.