National Grid Selects Trilliant to Increase Energy Efficiency for Customers

 National Grid Selects Trilliant to Increase Energy Efficiency for Customers

Trilliant's Smart Grid Communications Platform to help the US' 2nd-largest
utility deliver benefits to customers

PR Newswire

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 26, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Trilliant, a global smart
grid communications leader, announced today that it has been selected by
National Grid, one of the largest utilities in the world with more than eight
million customers in Northeastern US, to deploy the Trilliant's Smart Grid
Communications Platform for Volt/VAR Optimization. The project will help
deliver energy efficiency benefits to National Grid's customers in Rhode
Island.

This initial phase will support a demonstration of Volt/VAR Optimization (VVO)
in the state of Rhode Island. The Trilliant Platform will provide wireless
Field Area Network connectivity between field devices and National Grid's
network. National Grid views the communication platform as a single integrated
function enabled by different service layers and different technologies. The
Field Area Network (FAN) functionality requires that the technologies utilized
be tightly integrated. Trilliant's Multi-Tier Smart Grid Communications
Platform has the ability to support the full spectrum of applications cost
effectively by leveraging the network tier best aligned with the performance
and economic considerations of each application.

"We ultimately chose Trilliant's wireless communications technology because of
its performance value-proposition to provide the foundation for VVO, which is
part of National Grid's strategy to continue to provide our customers with
safe, reliable and affordable service," said Rob Sheridan, Director, Utility
of the Future for National Grid. "Our customers will benefit in tangible ways
from this future-proof solution, which will provide value to our customers
through energy savings."

Trilliant's Smart Grid Communications Platform allows utilities a more
economical way of establishing the smart bedrock needed to deploy other
applications in the future, should the need arise.

"An important aspect to grid modernization is choosing the right network which
offers flexibility for future applications – from fault detection, isolation
and restoration to innovative demand-side management initiatives," said Mike
Mortimer, SVP of Global Sales for Trilliant. "This project highlights the
tangible ways that the right communications platform can help our utility
customers realize the benefits of energy management from a variety of entry
points. By choosing the platform, utilities gain the flexibility to choose how
best they would like to start modernizing the grid."

The Trilliant Smart Grid Communications Platform will provide National Grid
the necessary reliability, high bandwidth and low latency for Volt/VAR control
and system awareness today. The Trilliant Communications Platform is also a
multi-purpose network, which in the future, can be seamlessly integrated with
a neighborhood- or home-area network capabilities, as well as provide the
foundation for advanced fault detection, Fault Isolation and Restoration
(FDIR) and other real time DA initiatives. The Trilliant Platform allows
utilities to manage all applications on one powerful network.

About Trilliant
Trilliant helps leading utilities and energy retailers achieve their smart
grid visions through the Trilliant Communications Platform, the only
communications platform purpose-built for the energy industry that integrates
disparate system of systems into a unified whole. The Trilliant Platform helps
utilities and energy retailers enhance energy efficiency, improve grid
reliability, lower operating costs, integrate renewable energy resources and
electric vehicles, and empower consumers to better manage their energy
consumption. Trilliant has worked with more than 200 leading global utilities
and energy retailers, including Centrica, Iberdrola USA, and Hydro One
Networks. For more information, please visit our website:
www.trilliantinc.com.

About National Grid
National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an electricity and gas company that
connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at
the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - to create
new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and develop an energy system
that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century. National Grid holds a
vital position at the center of the energy system and it 'joins everything
up'. In the northeast U.S., we connect more than seven million gas and
electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern
lifestyles. In Great Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our
society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the
country.National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million
customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. It is the largest
distributor of natural gas in northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4
million customers in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. For more
information please visit our website:www.nationalgridus.com

SOURCE Trilliant

Website: http://www.trilliantinc.com
Contact: Sonita Lontoh, Trilliant, 415-286-6193, pr@trilliantinc.com; or David
Graves, National Grid, 781-907-3980, david.graves@nationalgrid.com
 
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