National Grid selects ABB Network Manager™ DMS

2010-03-22 - ABB’s industry-leading distribution management solution to be implemented in the Northeastern US

Raleigh, North Carolina, March 22, 2010 – ABB, the leading power and automation technology company, has received an order from National Grid for its industry-leading ABB Network ManagerTM DMS. National Grid, a leading energy utility, will deploy Network Manager DMS to increase its distribution system reliability and efficiency and improve customer service to 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island.

Last year, National Grid contracted ABB for the implementation of Network Manager SCADA/EMS for the management of its transmission assets. The Network Manager DMS solution will complement the Network Manager SCADA/EMS, providing National Grid with a modern integrated platform for managing its transmission and distribution systems.

“National Grid is committed to continue our plans to enhance our service and improve customer reliability” said Christopher Root, senior vice president, Operations and Maintenance, U.S. Electricity Operations for National Grid. “These systems are a core part of improving our operations now and in the future.”

ABB Network Manager DMS is an operations management system designed to help utilities reduce operating and maintenance costs while enhancing customer service. It provides advanced network modeling and management, integrated switching and tagging, trouble call and outage management, crew management, and historical archiving and reporting. Network Manager DMS offers integrated advanced applications, such as fault location, unbalanced load flow and simulation mode, as well as interfaces to other information systems that permit organizations to leverage time-critical data across the enterprise.

“We are very excited to be working with National Grid on so many levels as they invest in the grid operations platform of the future,” said Salim Khan, senior vice president and general manager of ABB Network Management in North America. “They are a true industry leader, and we are confident that Network Manager will supply the operations and customer service benefits they are seeking.”

National Grid is an international energy delivery company. In the U.S., National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. National Grid also owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers.

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 117,000 people. The company's North American operations, headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, employ about 12,000 people in 20 manufacturing and other major facilities.

For help with any technical terms in this release, please go to: www.abb.com/glossary.

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