Nebraska utility picks ABB for smart grid-based distribution system

Washington, D.C., September 13, 2011 — The Eastern Nebraska Public Power District Consortium, with the support of Boreas Group LLC, has selected ABB to implement a smart grid-based SCADA and distribution automation system to monitor and control two electrical systems in Cuming County Public Power District and Stanton County Public Power District.

This distribution operations network will allow the consortium to modernize their distribution networks and to increase customer service with a high-speed, future-proof infrastructure, enabling customers to benefit from reduced outages, improved grid reliability and enhanced energy efficiency and cost savings.

ABB’s scope of supply includes the MicroSCADA software solution to manage the distribution network and IEC 61850-based substations; the COM600 communication gateway for utility distribution substations; the GridSync wireless sensors for distribution optimization; and other advanced distribution technologies and project oversight. ABB is subcontracting on this project with RuggedCom to deploy a new communications and wireless-enabled infrastructure.

Earlier this year, the consortium purchased from ABB more than 75 intelligent GridShield reclosers with advanced RER620 controller capabilities for smart grid applications using wireless communication.

The RER620 is part of the Relion family of protection and control devices, with advanced smart grid features to deliver full functions from the IEC 61850 standard for communication and interoperability between grid devices.

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