Collaboration is first of its kind in Canada and supports utility's
FREDERICTON, July 25, 2012 /CNW/ - Siemens and New Brunswick's NB Power officially announced plans today
for a multi-year Smart Grid Reduce and Shift Demand (RASD)
modernization plan that will invest in technology and educate
customers, offering business and residents more choice and control over
their energy consumption.
"We look forward to working with Siemens," says Gaëtan Thomas, NB Power
President and CEO. "This relationship will be long lasting, and will
modernize the New Brunswick electricity system and the way our
customers view their own electricity consumption. It will also provide
long term benefits to our customers."
As part of the agreement, Siemens will build a Smart Grid Centre of
Competence (CoC) in Fredericton, New Brunswick while delivering on an
end-to-end design for Smart Grid. Using Smart Grid Compass methodology,
Siemens will design NB Power's energy road map for the next 10 years.
"This partnership presents us with the unique opportunity to showcase
Siemens' world class Smart Grid technology and expertise with a fully
integrated and innovative utility like NB Power," says Dr. Jan Mrosik,
Global Head of Siemens Smart Grid. "We are very excited about this
partnership and chance to work together."
The plan also involves the establishment of an R&D presence by way of an
application development office to be located in Fredericton where
design and rollout of Smart Grid software will take place. The Centre
of Competence and R&D office combined will create approximately 40 new
jobs in Fredericton.
"Siemens is celebrating 100 years of doing business in Canada this year,
which represents a century of innovation and bettering the lives of
Canadians," says Robert Hardt, President and CEO, Siemens Canada. "What
better way to look to the future than with this landmark partnership
utilizing the leading edge of energy technologies, thereby sustaining
the next hundred years."
As part of the implementation, Siemens will showcase their Demand
Response Management System (DRMS) as well as their Decentralized Energy
Management Suite (DEMS), developing the Smart Grid strategy in five
work areas within NB Power, including: Network Operations, Customer
Participation, Asset and Workforce Management, Smart Energy, and Smart
About Siemens in Canada
For 100 years the innovative ideas from Siemens have helped make Canada
a better place. From the Atlantic to Pacific oceans, more than 4,400
employees in Canada work together to provide answers that last in the
fields of industry, energy and healthcare, as well as deliver
infrastructure solutions for cities. Since it was federally chartered
in August of 1912, Siemens has stood for technical achievements,
innovation, quality and reliability. Sales for Siemens in Canada in
fiscal 2011 (ended September 30), were $3.0 billion CAD. The company
has 61 offices and 13 manufacturing/assembly facilities across Canada.
For more information please visit www.siemens.ca.
About NB Power
NB Power employs approximately 2,300 New Brunswickers serving our fellow
New Brunswickers. NB Power serves more than 345,000 customers with
safe, reliable and efficient electricity and is proud to say that we
have been serving New Brunswickers since 1920. For more information
please visit www.nbpower.com.
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