Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative Selects Siemens and eMeter for Their Smart Grid Project to Implement a Meter Data Management System
ORLANDO, Fla., July 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Siemens Energy, Inc. and eMeter Corporation have teamed up to supply Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) with eMeter EnergyIP® best-in-class meter data management system (MDMS). SMECO is one of the ten largest customer-owned electric cooperatives in the nation. Using its proven project management capabilities, Siemens will integrate the MDMS with SMECO's key operational and customer service systems. This integration will assist SMECO in reaching the EmPOWER Maryland goals set forth by Governor Martin O'Malley, which target a 15 percent reduction in total electric usage on a per capita basis by 2015.
"Siemens is pleased to aid SMECO in meeting its EmPOWER Maryland goals," said Paul Camuti, president, Smart Grid Applications, Siemens Energy, Inc. "We feel a well-integrated MDMS will provide the framework for SMECO to reduce operational expenses, improve customer service capabilities, and offer time-based rates to optimize the value the Co-op brings to its customer-members."
Siemens will begin implementation of eMeter EnergyIP® as part of SMECO's Smart Meter Project. SMECO's project encompasses an MDMS, Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) technology, and a Web portal solution. SMECO has chosen to work with Sensus to provide the AMI network; Siemens will work hand-in-hand with Sensus to link the AMI system with eMeter EnergyIP.
"After extensive research of the MDMS market place, SMECO chose Siemens because we felt they could provide outage management and field activity processes that are more advanced than their competitors," said David Johnson, SMECO's Meter Operations Director. "Additionally, Siemens and eMeter were able to offer solution implementation and project management expertise that will work well with SMECO's project team. At the end of the day, Siemens and eMeter were the best choice to meet our solution goals."
Siemens understands the complete energy conversion chain and is able to transform today's grid into a living infrastructure that is smart enough to respond quickly, flexibly, and comprehensively to society's energy needs. Siemens incorporates solutions for commercial and industrial applications as well as smart homes, including building automation, IT systems integration, advanced lighting technology, and energy efficient appliances for a comprehensive Smart Grid solution.
SMECO is a customer-owned electric cooperative providing electricity to over 150,000 customers in southern Prince George's County, and in Charles County, St. Mary's County, and all but the northeast portion of Calvert County. A cooperative owned by its members, SMECO is dedicated to providing reliable, competitively priced energy and related services and is committed to its community and to enhancing the quality of life in Southern Maryland. For more information, visit www.smeco.coop.
The Siemens Energy Sector is the world's leading supplier of a complete spectrum of products, services and solutions for the generation, transmission and distribution of power and for the extraction, conversion and transport of oil and gas. In fiscal 2010 (ended September 30), the Energy Sector had revenues of approximately EUR25.5 billion and received new orders totaling more than EUR30.1 billion and posted a profit of more than EUR3.6 billion. On September 30, 2010, the Energy Sector had a work force of more than 88,000. Further information is available at: www.siemens.com/energy.
eMeter provides essential software that enables electric, gas and water utilities to realize the full benefits of Smart Grid. Leading utilities worldwide depend on eMeter Smart Grid Management software to reduce operational costs, improve customer service, and drive energy efficiency. With the most large-scale deployments in the industry and strategic partnerships with Accenture, IBM, Logica, and Siemens, eMeter has built a reputation for unparalleled expertise that ensures customer success. For more information visit: www.emeter.com.
SOURCE Siemens Energy