Overland Park, Kan., 24 May 24, 2010 — Black and Veatch has been selected to provide program management and integration services for the Public Service Electric and Gas grid modernization program.
Black and Veatch will implement PSE&G‘s innovative Automated Loop Scheme, deploying smart reclosers with digital logic and communication functionality, which improves the reliability of the electric grid.
“This program modernizes our grid by deploying smart devices and communication infrastructure to reduce distribution system customer impacts caused by outages,” said Dick Wernsing, Reliability Centered Maintenance Expert PSE&G of New Jersey. “We partnered with Black and Veatch because they understand our business drivers and have the right combination of program management, utility automation, telecommunications and cyber security expertise to implement the program and to ensure the design is aligned with emerging smart grid and cyber security standards.”
Black & Veatch is providing comprehensive program management and integration services for the grid modernization program. Specifically, services include program management, design engineering oversight, procurement and logistics and field management, which includes end – to – end system integration.
“PSE&G is known as a national leader in electric utility service reliability, and is making groundbreaking strides with their Grid Modernization program,” says Brad VerMeer, Director of Black & Veatch’s Utility Automation services. “The innovative solutions for intelligent infrastructure being implemented will have a positive effect on power delivery and operational reliability of service to PSE&G’s customers for years to come.”
The Grid Modernization Program will lay the foundation for a range of sustainable Smart Grid technologies that could be employed in the future. These include the integration of plug-in electric vehicles and small-scale wind and solar generation, as well as tools that allow customers to save money by reducing energy consumption and purchasing electricity when it is less expensive.
PSE&G is New Jersey’s oldest and largest regulated gas and electric delivery utility, serving nearly three-quarters of the state’s population. PSE&G is the winner of the Reliability One Award for superior electric system reliability. PSE&G is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated, a diversified energy company.
Black and Veatch is a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company specializing in infrastructure development in energy, water, telecommunications, management consulting, federal and environmental markets.