Concord Municipal Light Plant Completes Initial Trial of Innovative Edge
Control Node from Echelon
Pilot Demonstrated the Ability to Securely Deploy Grid Automation Applications
While Gathering Crucial Data from the Distribution Grid
SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 30, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ:
ELON), the world's leading energy control networking solution provider, and
TDJ Consulting, a leading consulting partner to many U.S. utilities, and
Concord Municipal Light Plant (CMLP), a municipal utility responsible for
electric service to the town of Concord, Massachusetts, today announced they
have successfully completed a trial of Echelon's innovative Edge Control Node
(ECN) 7000 control node. The pilot demonstrated valuable applications and set
the foundation for CMLP's continued exploration of additional smart grid
functionality such as Transformer Monitoring, Power Quality monitoring, and
more. The growing need for distribution grid sensor data has promoted
innovative projects at CMLP. The municipal utility forecasts a growing need to
monitor its assets on the low voltage grid and anticipates testing additional
applications from TDJ and Echelon in the near future. Concord, Massachusetts,
is a picturesque New England village with a revolutionary past. It not only
was the location for one of the first battles of the American Revolution and
Walden Pond, but was also home to Emerson, Thoreau, Alcott, and Hawthorne. It
is located 45 minutes outside Boston and has a population of approximately
Echelon's ECN 7000 series nodes, part of its innovating Energy Control
Networking Platform, were deployed at strategic locations within the town of
Concord. The ECN's open architecture enabled custom hardware and software
expansion to automate the collection of data from legacy non-AMI meters,
extending the useful life of these meters while offering a means for back
office integration and meter data analysis. In addition, one node was placed
next to a critical distribution transformer, enabling it to also monitor the
transformer and provide near real-time measurements of Power Quality data such
as Voltage and Current at the distribution transformer level. Turning such
legacy transformers at key locations into "smart transformers" without
forklift replacement offers Concord a very cost-effective way to track the
health of its distribution transformers. Moreover, because the ECNs are part
of Echelon's NES system, the collected data was constantly available both
locally and at the head-end.
"The ECN's proven ability to continue to reliably operate and provide valuable
information can really help our teams locate faults and minimize time to
repair outages, particularly in the case of a disaster such as Hurricane
Sandy. Tracking the distribution transformer in near real-time will allow us
to see areas that are or aren't experiencing outages," said Mark Howell, CIO
at CMLP and the Town of Concord, Massachusetts. "The fact that the same
platform also enables us to collect meter data from several different sources
makes it an attractive choice for future Smart Grid deployments given the
return on investment we drive."
"We are excited to be working with TDJ and the Town of Concord on one of their
first smart grid implementations with our energy control networking platform,"
said Michael Anderson, senior vice president, Worldwide Markets, at Echelon.
"Our proven, open standard, and multi-application platform will enable Concord
to quickly and safely build a best-in-class energy infrastructure and
modernize their grid infrastructure."
About Concord Municipal Light Plant (CMLP)
CMLP is one of 40 municipal electric utilities operating in the State of
Massachusetts. Operating since 1898, CMLP is proud of our utility's 100-year
tradition of low rates, local control and superior service, serving over 7200
customers with sales of about 180 million kilowatt hours per year.
About TDJ Consulting
TDJ, a leading innovation consultancy, provides engineering solutions that
unlock the benefits of the smart grid for utilities and their suppliers.
About Echelon Corporation
Echelon Corporation (NASDAQ: ELON) is an energy control networking company,
with the world's most widely deployed proven, open standard, multi-application
platform, selling complete systems and embedded sub-systems for smart grid,
smart city and smart building applications. Our platform is embedded in more
than 100 million devices, 35 million homes, and 300,000 buildings and powers
energy savings applications for smart grids, smart cities and smart buildings.
We help our customers reduce operational costs, enhance satisfaction and
safety, grow revenues and prepare for a dynamic future. More information about
Echelon can be foundat http://www.echelon.com.
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