Accenture Providing Hydro One Networks with Asset Management Analytics Solution

  Accenture Providing Hydro One Networks with Asset Management Analytics
  Solution

     Utility benefits from improved data quality and predictive analytics
                                 capabilities

Business Wire

TORONTO -- January 28, 2013

Accenture (NYSE: ACN) is providing Canadian utility Hydro One Networks Inc.
with an analytics solution to improve how the utility plans investments in its
transmission and distribution assets.The asset analytics solution uses a
risk-based approach to prioritize capital and maintenance expenditures, which
will help Hydro One manage and identify operations, maintenance and
administration requirements.

Accenture is helping Hydro One to access and integrate historical asset data
and information from multiple databases and business applications that were
either inaccessible or not integrated into the utility’s information
technology and operations technology networks. With the implementation of the
asset analytics solution, the utility’s asset management, engineering and
planning workforces will have information on the performance of transmission
and distribution assets that is time-based and locational. By pulling together
the data and information, Hydro One expects to have both improved data quality
and advanced predictive analysis capabilities to define the requirements and
forecast expenditures needed to maintain the electrical grid at an optimal
level.

Hydro One anticipates that, when the analytics solution is fully deployed, it
will use data that can be combined with other statistical modeling,
forecasting and optimization techniques to enable the utility to better
anticipate its grid performance. Its managers will be able to access
integrated asset information to help them further identify and plan for short-
and long-term investment scenarios and deliver performance outcomes that
mitigate power system and on-going investment risk.

“Our ratepayers expect us to get the most out of our assets and Accenture is
helping us do exactly that,” said Rick Stevens, Vice President – Asset
Management at Hydro One Networks. “We chose Accenture because they have
significant experience with Hydro One’s business processes and IT systems, as
well as SAP, enterprise asset management and ERP solutions. They also have a
track record of successful delivery along with the skills and people required
to deliver on the goals for this analytics solution.”

The asset analytics solution is based on a SAP BusinessObjects business
intelligence software platform and Space-Time Awareness Server from Space-Time
Insight, a scalable software product that processes data in real-time.

Brian A. Martin, a managing director with Accentures Utilities industry group,
said, “Accenture is focused on delivering a next-generation asset analytics
solution that will help Hydro One make better-informed investment decisions
and improve its asset management performance through state-of-the-industry
capabilities.”

About Hydro One

Hydro One delivers electricity safely, reliably and responsibly to homes and
businesses across the province of Ontario. It owns and operates Ontario's
29,000 km high-voltage transmission network that delivers electricity to large
industrial customers and municipal utilities, and a 123,000 km low-voltage
distribution system that serves about 1.3 million end-use customers and
smaller municipal utilities in the province. Hydro One is wholly owned by the
Province of Ontario.

About Accenture

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and
outsourcing company, with 259,000 people serving clients in more than 120
countries.Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities
across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the
world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help
them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated
net revenues of US $27.9billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2012. Its
home page is www.accenture.com.

Contact:

Accenture
Christine Yee Fields, 216-535-5092
christine.fields@accenture.com
 
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