- Helping ENMAX ensure power resiliency in the face of natural disasters
- Improving outage restoration capabilities
- Rapidly restoring power supply to customers during outages
PARIS – Nov 22, 2016 GE is pleased to announce that ENMAX Power Corporation (ENMAX) has selected GE Energy Connections (NYSE: GE) to deliver the Outage Management System (OMS) module of its Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) to enhance the utility's distribution grid operations. This solution will help ENMAX maintain reliable and safe electricity supply in the face of severe weather events, as well as improve stakeholder engagement by providing multiple communication methods for customer communications. The system is scheduled to be delivered in mid-2017.
ENMAX owns and operates the electricity distribution and transmission network in and around Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Home of the annual Calgary Stampede (The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth), Calgary has experienced major weather events impacting power delivery in the last decade, including the flood of 2013 and a devastating 2014 snow storm.
“At ENMAX, we are very proud of our record of providing reliable power to Calgarians. Major outage events have emphasized the importance of an Outage Management system in our ability to safely and rapidly restore power,” said Andre van Dijk, Vice President, Operations. “To this end we are confident that the implementation of GE's platform will significantly enhance our ability to deal with future large scale outages.”
GE Energy Connections' Grid Solutions business will deliver the OMS solution for ENMAX's distribution operations. The OMS will help ENMAX pinpoint customers with outages, identify the problem area and dispatch the appropriate field resources for resolution. GE's solution will provide ENMAX with a scalable and high-performance platform that enhances ENMAX's outage restoration capabilities and allows for future expansion to address transmission and distribution network operations.
“We face ever increasing damage from natural disasters globally. At GE, we are always working on solutions that will help our customers better serve their communities, and allow them to provide rapid and effective response in emergency situations. GE's OMS is a proven system that has been stress tested in North America by small, medium and large utilities. We are confident that with this system, ENMAX will be able to ensure a reliable and safe electricity supply to its customers. This win further extends our leadership in serving electric Transmission and Distribution utilities in Alberta and in Canada,” said Karim El Naggar, General Manager, Software Solutions, Grid Solutions from GE Energy Connections.
GE's ADMS solution provides a high-performance platform for managing grid and customer operations using standards-based architecture with a next generation user interface for enhanced situational awareness. The solution has been deployed globally—with proven utility successes—to enhance grid reliability, crew safety, employee efficiency and customer satisfaction. And, its advanced grid optimization applications pave the way for the adoption of grid modernization solutions and integration of distributed energy resources, further supporting customer choice. The ADMS includes a state of the art Distribution Operations Training Simulator (DOTS) for operator training, storm simulation, and operational performance benchmarking.