ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The City of Fort Collins Utilities has selected Siemens Energy, Inc. for the implementation of eMeter EnergyIP® meter data management system (MDMS) for their Advanced Meter project, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Fort Collins is a progressive utility located in northern Colorado and serves both electric and water consumers. Fort Collins was looking to work with a company that could help achieve business process efficiency, facilitate peak reductions, realize system and operational improvements, and provide consumers with more flexibility. The initial phase of the project will focus on the provisioning and commissioning process of the advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) deployment. Through a Siemens-engineered data importer, Fort Collins will also process commercial and industrial metering data to the MDMS. Siemens will also integrate eMeter EnergyIP to the customer information system (CIS) to support the meter-to-cash process.
"Siemens' proven project management methodology, PM@Siemens, was a deciding factor in our selection of this team," said Steve Catanach, Light and Power Operations Manager for City of Fort Collins Utilities. "We required a partner that is agile and flexible, and the Siemens/eMeter team is just that. The Fort Collins Smart Grid deployment will enable two-way digital communication between the advanced meters and our system managers, reducing operational costs, related truck rolls and improving customer service."
"We are committed to the success of the Fort Collins project and our team will play a critical role in integrating eMeter EnergyIP into their operational and business systems," said Thierry Godart, president, Smart Grid Applications, Siemens Energy, Inc. "The system's proven functionality, paired with the efficiency and reliability of Siemens' project management, will result in a quality Smart Grid deployment."
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.
About the City of Fort Collins
Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University and an outstanding public school system. Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains, with an average of 300 days of sunshine every year, Fort Collins offers exciting recreational opportunities, unique cultural offerings, and is a regional center for employment and shopping. Fort Collins offers the convenience of a small town with all the amenities of a larger city. There is always something happening in this community. From music concerts and plays, to food and beer tasting extravaganzas, Fort Collins has it all.
The City of Fort Collins Utilities has been recognized for being an award winning utility in Environmental Excellence, Leadership and Achievements; Performance and Innovation, Vision, Leadership, Outstanding Community Support for Renewable Energy; and Reliable Electric Operations. The City of Fort Collins has also been ranked 6th out of the top 100 best places to live by Money Magazine. We continue to seek new opportunities to reduce our environmental impacts; adopt new technologies for increasing efficiency; explore ways to better engage our staff and community in action for sustainability. We are passionate about creating a vibrant, world-class community, and providing exceptional service for an exceptional community.
For more information, visit www.fcgov.com.
About Siemens Energy
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