Snohomish County Public District Utility (PUD) has awarded SUBNET a contract to upgrade its electrical substations.
The PUD is the 12th largest public utility in the U.S. and currently serves over 318,000 consumers of electricity.
In an effort to maintain a reliable source of service for customers, the PUD has embarked on a dual purpose project; first, to replace old substation equipment nearing the end of its useful life cycle, and second to take advantage of available smart grid technologies.
SUBNET’s SubstationSERVER.NET(TM) software application will be installed in PUD substations to manage local devices. Once configured, authorized personnel can securely and remotely configure and maintain substation equipment.
“We needed a solution that has been proven in the field”, said Mark Oens, System Protection Engineer with PUD. “SUBNET’s flagship product will enable us to access non-operational data for analysis, which is something we have not been able to do in the past.”
“At SUBNET, we are able to provide the utility with the best of both worlds,” said Chi Ton-Nu, Systems Engineer with SUBNET. “The PUD can take advantage of Smart Grid technology available now and in the future without stranding any of the working legacy equipment in operation today. The solution will enable the utility complete freedom to evolve as needs change.”
The project is slated to begin in the third quarter 2009.