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Fortnightly Magazine - March 2013

three Florida projects, Auburndale Power Partners, Lake Cogen, and Pasco Cogen, to Quantum Utility Generation and affiliates, for a purchase price, including working capital adjustments, of approximately $136 million.

Smart Grid & Distribution Automation

Capgemini launched a new service offering for utilities, focused on digital transformation. The service is designed to accelerate the adoption of digital processes by utilities, transform the way they interact with and understand customers, and drive efficiencies across their organizations. Clients will have direct access to studies, thought leadership, and technology demonstrations.

ABB and Ambient collaborated to integrate DistribuSense current and voltage sensors with AmbientPQM for advanced power monitoring and communication. The integrated product is a combination of hardware and software— Ambient smart grid communications nodes enabled with AmbientPQM—that enhances the ABB DistribuSense offering by adding local intelligence, management, communications, and alarm reporting at the location of the sensors.

Alstom Grid and Capgemini signed a global alliance agreement to pursue joint commercial opportunities for their combined smart grid solutions. Together, the two companies will launch a real-time, cloud-based, integrated distribution management system and a new cloud-based demand response (DR) management system. Built on Alstom’s e-terra 3.0 network management software platform, the services are expected to provide real-time distribution and DR management from a cloud environment. The companies say the system will save costs and increase reliability.

GridSense and Landis+Gyr announced the availability of GridSense LineIQ and TransformerIQ monitors equipped with Gridstream platform communication. The Gridstream two-way network platform includes grid management systems ranging from advanced meters to intelligent switches, reclosers, capacitor banks, and RTUs. The companies say that by incorporating Gridstream network communication into GridSense monitors, utilities will be able to expand their distribution automation capabilities to overhead line and transformer monitoring within an intelligent communications platform.