The pilot calls for installation of advanced metering systems that provide the very latest in technology and security. Installation of the latest technology on the electric system to improve reliability and system responsiveness also is part of the pilot. This includes testing automated system reconfiguration and remote power outage sensors that enable crews to be dispatched directly to the source of the problem and restore power more quickly. These systems may better support the storm restoration process, thereby improving restoration times. The company also will be studying full integration of renewable resources, installing electric vehicle charging stations and connecting energy storage to existing renewable projects.

National Grid’s pilot was approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities in August 2012. Since then, the company has been communicating with customers about the program and recently completed early installation of approximately 5,000 advanced meters to help test system communications and allow for equipment adjustments before full pilot launch, which is planned for early in 2014.

Smart Grid Delivery Team

Following is a complete list of companies and services being provided for National Grid’s smart grid pilot:
  • BRIDGE Energy Group ( www.BridgeEnergyGroup.com) and Ernst & Young ( www.ey.com) -- project management and integration services
  • Itron ( www.itron.com) -- advanced metering infrastructure and meter data management, Home Area Networking and advanced communication technology

National Grid either has a contractual agreement in place or is working toward contractual agreements with the companies listed above.

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