Schneider Electric, Central Hudson to deploy advanced distribution management

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Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management and automation, and Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., a transmission and distribution utility, plans to deploy Schneider Electric's advanced distribution management system.

Central Hudson is a regulated transmission and distribution utility serving about 300,000 electric customers and 78,000 natural gas customers in New York State's Mid-Hudson River Valley.

The distribution management system is part of the company's distribution automation program, which is a multi-year initiative that aims to reduce customer energy usage and improve system reliability.

To meet these goals, Central Hudson chose Schneider Electric's ADMS solution as one of New York's first, comprehensive ADMS implementations.

The platform will include a distribution management system (DMS) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) component, allowing Central Hudson to better monitor potential issues, integrate distributed energy resources (DER), and analyze and optimize network operations.

Along with real-time visualization and monitoring of network status, the system will offer Central Hudson a host of analytic tools that will recommend the most optimal device operations to maximize network efficiency and reliability, such as integrated voltage VAR optimization and fault location, isolation and services restoration functionality.

Integrated voltage VAR optimization will enable Central Hudson to optimize the efficiency of the distribution grid, reducing power losses and peak demand, as well as overall energy usage.

FLISR will narrow the potential fault locations and immediately re-route power to as many customers as possible, while reducing the outage time for remaining customers by sending crews closer to the area needing repair.

Following the completion of the initial implementation in March 2017, Schneider Electric and Central Hudson will explore further improvements, including migration to the Schneider Electric OMS. This component will leverage analysis from the DMS to provide the utility with automated management of power outages, improving the overall customer experience.

Schneider Electric is positioned to provide a Smart Utility suite of hardware and software solutions with consulting, implementation and support services from control center to the customer.

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., a unit of Fortis Inc., is an energy delivery company headquartered in Poughkeepsie, New York. The utility serves about 300,000 electric and 78,000 natural gas customers in eight counties of New York State's Mid‑Hudson River Valley, delivering natural gas and electricity in a 2,600-square-mile service territory that extends north from the suburbs of metropolitan New York City to the Capital District around Albany.

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