Burns & McDonnell to Jointly Develop Software to Improve Grid Reliability and Resilience

Burns & McDonnell will develop a grid stability awareness system (GSAS), a package of analytical software that will allow utilities to better utilize advanced synchrophasor technology. The joint project with Southern Company is part of a comprehensive program recently announced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to improve the resilience and reliability of the national power grid. The DOE will partially fund the project with a $1.4 million grant, which will be matched by $1.5 million in additional funding from the project participants. The project is part of an overall $10 million program announced recently by the DOE. Burns & McDonnell will lead software development and commercialization efforts and will collaborate with Southern Company to test and demonstrate the software at one of its transmission control center facilities. The project is expected to be complete within two years.