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November 26, 2008

Utility Company Implements GE Smart Grid Technology

By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributing Editor

WEL Networks of New Zealand has announced it will be implementing GE smart grid technology in its endeavor to improve power reliability for consumers.
WEL Networks is an electricity utility company which develops and maintains the electricity network of lines, cables, substations and associated infrastructure. WEL will be increasing its energy efficiency by tapping renewable energy sources like wind and solar energy and adding them to the grid.

GE’s outage management software will enable WEL to reduce outages besides helping it to restore power fast.
The smart grid solution will work with smart meters and advanced metering infrastructure for the provision of real-time knowledge on the status of the grid.

The DMS (Distribution Management System) solution used by WEL belongs to GE’s smart grid portfolio of solutions.

The New Zealand government is striving to achieve carbon neutrality and generate 90 percent renewable electricity by 2025.

In traditional systems, electricity flow is in one direction from the power station to the customer. However in the case of renewable energy alternative sources energy is generated from various locations.
“Power reliability and quality are two key factors behind our decision to implement GE’s distribution management system (DMS),” said Dr. Julian Elder, chief executive of WEL Networks. “GE’s DMS system also will help us integrate renewables, which will help reduce New Zealand’s overall carbon emissions and provide more secure levels of supply on a regional basis.”

Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Shamila’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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