Alstom Selected for Washington State Smart Grid Project

Author: Spencer Ogden
Date posted22/Nov/2011
Author: Spencer Ogden

The Snohomish County Public Utility District (Snohomish PUD) in Washington State has selected Alstom Grid to integrate its e-terradistribution 1 for Distribution Management Systems (DMS) along with their existing Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Energy Management System (EMS) to provide full-scale deployment of smart distribution automation technologies and integration of green energy sources into the United States grid.

Snohomish PUD, the second largest publicly-owned utility in Washington and 12th in the United States, provides electricity to over 320,000 customers in the Pacific Northwest. The utility has used a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to help finance a major smart grid technology upgrade to create a stronger, more efficient and reliable electrical system.

Alstom’s e-terradistribution solution enhances fault location, isolation and service restoration, while enabling the adoption of green energy sources, community energy storage. and plug-in electric vehicles.

Chris Heimgartner, Assistant General Manager of Distribution and Engineering Services at Snohomish County PUD “Alstom Grid has been a trusted partner for many years. They share our strategy of providing a reliable, efficient, and safe grid. Alstom’s integrated DMS and EMS systems will give our dispatchers increased visibility into our network and will provide them with the timely detailed information they need to reduce the impact of outages on our customers.”

Alstom Grid Vice President of Network Management Solutions, Karim El Naggar, explains, “e-terradistributiongives Snohomish PUD the flexibility it needs to integrate renewable resources and new smart grid technologies as they become available. As the rate of end-user adoption of smart grid technologies increases and become available, our Smart Distribution System will allow the utility to add the necessary functionality easily and reliably. e-terradistribution will optimize the network to improve energy efficiency and security of the network and reduce outages, energy losses, equipment maintenance and operational costs.”