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GE installs smart grid component for Colorado Springs Utilities


Logo of The General Electric Company. Image courtesy of the General Electric Company.

GE Energy announced May 21 that the company has completed the installation of its smart grid component GE PowerOn Outage Management System for Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU).

The PowerOn Outage Management System helps an electric utility to immediately identify power outages, and gives customers updated restoration time estimates during outages. The system provides grid network information so repair crews can be dispatched to the exact outage area. The system can also estimate the time it takes to restore outage areas for affected electricity customers. Overall, the system will reduce the amount of time to identify and repair power outages.

Most utilities currently rely on manual process to identify failed areas in their electrical network. Smart grid technologies will enable utilities to identify failed devices in seconds.

GE is currently enhancing CSU’s system with PowerOn Mobile to bring real-time network information to crews in the field. The next phase will be to integrate the Outage Management System (OMS) to new smart meters and automated metering infrastructure to detect outages and restore service even faster.

The GE Energy unit of GE is one of the world’s leading suppliers of power generation and energy delivery technologies. It had 2008 revenues of $29.3 billion. GE Energy is involved in all energy sources and energy technologies such as coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear energy, as well as renewable sources from wind, water, solar, biogas, and other alternative fuels. GE Energy is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

GE is one of the world’s largest companies and is an industrial leader in infrastructure, finance, media, transportation, technology, and energy. It is present in 100 countries and employs more than 300,000 people worldwide. The company is listed on the NYSE as GE.


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Mike R. Lopez


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1 http://www.ge.com

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