BPL Global Participates in EDF Smart Grid Project

Sep 08, 2011, 11:00 ET from BPL Global, Ltd.

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- BPL Global®, Ltd. (BPLG), a smart grid technology company dedicated to leading the transformation of energy efficiency and reliability, announced today that it has joined forces with Delta Dore, Edelia, Saft, Schneider Electric, Tenesol and Electricite de France (EDF) through its French subsidiary BPL GLOBAL EMEA to deploy a smart grid project on the islands of Corsica, Guadeloupe and La Reunion. The 30.2 million euro project, named Millener, is one of the first in Europe to integrate management of a thousand diverse distributed energy resources at the edge of the distribution grid. Various combinations of distributed resources will be deployed at participating consumer premises including solar generation, battery storage and energy load controllers. Private electric consumers enrolled in the program will also be provided with visualization of their energy consumption, allowing them to monitor their electricity use in real time. EDF will manage all these distributed energy resources with BPLG's Power SG® platform as a centralized control system deployed in each region to optimize operational, financial and environmental performance of the electrical network.

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"Deployment and integrated management of solar generation, battery storage and customer load are a vital part of our smart grid strategy," said Jean-Michel Deveza, Director of the Smart Grids programme, EDF's Insular Power Systems Division. "This project is designed to better integrate distributed renewable energy, improve the stability of power systems and identify sustainable economic models."

"Our significant investment in France and our partnership in the Millener project are critical to furthering French and American technologies in our projects worldwide," said Pete Londa, CEO, BPL Global. "BPLG EMEA plays a vital role in globalizing the company's smart grid solutions with local investments in people, products and smart grid technology."

For the EDF project, BPLG's Power SG® enterprise class software platform and Power SG® iDER™ solution will be the centralized control system. It will integrate management of grid and customer energy assets including customer load, energy storage and renewables. In addition, BPLG will deploy our direct load controllers for energy efficient management of residential air conditioning and heating loads. BPLG's Power SG® iDER™ solution is first mover technology that is being deployed with FirstEnergy at their Jersey Central Power & Light and Metropolitan Edison operating companies. The FirstEnergy and EDF contracts demonstrate the value of BPLG's technology in integrated management of distributed energy resources through our deployments in the US and Europe with two major utilities in those respective regions.

"BPL Global is honored to partner with EDF in such an innovative project to realize the value of the smart grid," continued Mr. Londa. "The smart grid is evolving from islands of intelligence™ to an integrated system as demonstrated in the Millener and FirstEnergy projects. Our Power SG® portfolio enables utilities around the globe to deploy end-to-end, collaborative smart grid solutions."

Delivering solutions to some of the largest utilities in the US, Europe and China, BPLG is a leading provider of smart grid technology from substations through customer premises. BPLG's substation solutions include our market leading transformer monitors and substation automation systems. The company's distribution solutions integrate management of grid and energy assets along with customer load and other distributed energy resources including energy storage, renewables and distributed generation.

About BPL Global

BPL Global® (BPLG) provides electric utilities with a suite of smart grid solutions for advanced distribution automation from substations through customer premises. Electrical networks are transforming with a growing array of distributed energy resources (DER) at the edge. The DER Buildout™ underway includes managed load, energy storage, renewables and distributed generation. Our solutions collaborate across the grid to enable the DER Buildout, helping utilities increase efficiency and reliability to improve their financial, operational and environmental performance. BPLG combines our experience in applying smart grid solutions with our market-leading technology to successfully serve leading utilities around the world. www.bplglobal.net

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