Washington, D.C., November 15, 2011 — Snohomish County Public Utility District in Washington State picked Alstom Grid to help the utility enhance their grid efficiency and reliability.
Integration of Alstom's e-terradistribution (for distribution management system) with their existing SCADA and energy management system, also provided by Alstom, will be the utility's first step in a full-scale deployment of smart distribution automation technologies and integration of renewable energy sources into the U.S. grid.
Snohomish PUD is the second largest publicly-owned utility in Washington state and 12th in the U.S., providing electricity to over 320,000 customers in the Pacific Northwest.
Snohomish PUD is one of the recipients of a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. They have used it toward a smart grid technology upgrade, to create a stronger, more efficient and reliable electrical system.
Alstom's e-terradistribution solution will help to provide improved customer satisfaction through enhanced fault location, isolation and service restoration, while also enabling the adoption of green energy sources, community energy storage and plug-in electric vehicles.
The first phase of this project is scheduled to be operational in 2012.