North America’s largest synchrophasor smart grid project chooses Alstom Grid solution

Washington D.C., Dec. 5, 2011 — Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC) has selected Alstom Grid to supply smart grid synchrophasor software applications for its Western Interconnection SynchroPhasor Program (WISP). Synchrophasor technology provides sub-second, real-time grid performance data to operators, thus strongly enhancing the capability for increased grid reliability and efficiency.

“Having received the largest Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA), we selected Alstom Grid’s wide area situational awareness applications for our reliability coordination centers,” said Mark Maher, WECC’s CEO. “When complete, the WISP project will involve 18 utility participants deploying more than 340 phasor measurement units (PMUs) in a footprint covering all or part of 14 western U.S. states, 2 Canadian provinces, and a portion of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. We look forward to the successful deployment and integration of the applications of this transformational technology within WECC’s control rooms.”

Alstom Grid will supply key components in the application area of the WISP project, including e-terravision (for wide area situational monitoring display) and PhasorPoint (by Psymetrix, global experts for phasor-based wide area monitoring system) for phasor display and historical archiving.

The WISP efforts are already underway and the project is scheduled to be completed March 31, 2013.

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