Safety products: Weather forecasting services expanded

Utility safety: Schneider Electric expands weather forecasting services for two major U.S. electric service organizations.

Jul 9th, 2014
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Monitoring system: Schneider Electric is expanding its long-time relationships with two of the largest companies in the U.S. electrical market with new solutions from its top-rated weather forecasting suite. The two projects represent the advances in Schneider Electric's weather services and its continued leadership throughout the electricity delivery industry, from the bulk market down to utility distribution.

PJM Interconnection is a regional transmission organization that oversees wholesale electricity markets in the eastern United States. A Schneider Electric customer since the 1980s, it is now incorporating GIS web services weather data into an interactive dispatch map, allowing system operators to integrate multiple data sources including weather data and its transmission system.

Integrated data overlays improve overall situational awareness for PJM¹s system operators. The holistic weather solution from Schneider Electric aids operators in making decisions about controlling the grid, dispatching generation, and maintaining grid reliability. This project represents an innovative approach to monitoring and managing dispatch services, setting the bar for others in the industry.

Public Service Electric & Gas of New Jersey is the largest provider of gas and electric service in New Jersey, servicing more than 1.8 million gas customers and 2.2 million electric customers in more than 300 urban, suburban and rural communities, including New Jersey¹s six largest cities. Earlier this year PSE&G took over the day-to-day operations of the Long Island Power Authority, adding 1.1 million customers in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and the Rockaway Peninsula of Queens in New York City.

PSE&G is expanding its 50-year-old relationship with Schneider Electric weather services by incorporating the Energy Event Index solution to support its Emergency Preparedness and Outage Management divisions. PSE&G joins nearly all of the utilities in the northeast and mid-Atlantic states by bringing on the Energy Event Index solution. This new forecast provides a categorized threat risk for PSE&G operational regions. It will enable PSE&G to make improved mutual aid and crew management decisions, and better communicate and defend those decisions.

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