Siemens Joins with Iberdrola for Integrated Network Control Systems Project

Project showcases the latest integration technologies to modernize the energy infrastructure of New York State

Sep 15, 2011, 09:22 ET from Siemens Energy

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Siemens will implement coordination of two New York State sites -- Rochester Gas & Electric (RGE) and New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) -- into a single system with the Spectrum Power Energy Management System (EMS). The client is Iberdrola, S.A., one of the leading private electric utilities worldwide and the parent company of NYSEG and RGE. The project is scheduled to ship and install in 2013.

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Iberdrola USA recognized that NYSEG and RGE required the replacement of their legacy platforms. The replacement will address technical obsolescence, utilizing commercial off-the-shelf products that operate as an integrated system and increase operational efficiency.

The new system adheres to NERC (North American Electric Reliability Corporation) CIP (Critical Infrastructure Protection) and Reliability standards, and NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) standards and recommendations. To improve operational efficiency, the NYSEG and RGE models will be combined into a single network model as part of this project.

"Siemens is proud to be selected by Iberdrola for this benchmark project. The solution we are delivering to NYSEG and RGE not only provides the benefits of state-of-the-art technology in the industry but also facilitates their ability to efficiently manage costs," said Thierry Godart, vice president and general manager of Energy Automation North America, Siemens Energy, Inc.

"This project demonstrates our commitment to improving the efficiency, reliability and security of our delivery networks. While our system performance remains excellent, we recognize the need to stay ahead of customers' expectations, and we plan to continue addressing critical infrastructure needs," said Neil Clitheroe, vice president of Customer Service, Iberdrola USA.

Spectrum Power™ is a message-based SCADA platform, with application functionality (such as network analysis and historical archiving) provided by separate components. This architecture enables a system to be tailored to meet a utility's current needs, and expands it as those needs grow. Spectrum Power™ is integrated into a powerful, end-to-end range of products and solutions which allows swift adaptation of electric power systems to new conditions.

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 EUR3.3 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.

Iberdrola USA, a subsidiary of global energy leader Iberdrola, S.A., is an energy services and delivery company serving about three million customers throughout upstate New York and New England. Iberdrola USA is the parent company of NYSEG, RG&E and Central Maine Power. For more information about Iberdrola USA, visit www.iberdrolausa.com.

NYSEG and RG&E are subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA. NYSEG serves 873,000 electricity customers and 259,000 natural gas customers across more than 40% of upstate New York. RG&E serves 362,000 electricity customers and 299,000 natural gas customers in a nine-county region centered on the City of Rochester. For more information, visit www.nyseg.com and www.rge.com.

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