BGE to use C3 Energy analytics in smart-grid rollout

US energy utility Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) has announced it will use analytics software from C3 Energy to support its rollout of a smart grid across nearly all of its two million electric and gas meters.

C3 Energy (Redwood City, CA, USA) claimed the analytics technology would “unlock tens of millions of dollars in annual recurring value” for BGE, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (Chicago, IL, USA).

“We selected C3 Energy as a strategic technology partner because of its unified, cloud-scale technology, comprehensive vision of smart grid analytics and deep understanding of the range of benefits that smart grid analytics can bring to BGE,” said A. Christopher Burton, the vice president of smart grid and technology at BGE. “We look forward to achieving operational efficiencies that will have a positive result for both BGE and our customers.”

BGE claims to serve more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 gas customers in Central Maryland and said the analytics software would be used across almost its entire footprint, with the first phase of deployment beginning in the second quarter of 2014.

“Utilities are embracing innovation to move towards a more efficient, responsive, data-enabled future,” said Ed Abbo, the president and chief technology officer of C3 Energy. “As a forward-thinking company, BGE is positioning itself to capture the full range of opportunities presented by the smart grid.”

“C3 Energy Smart Grid Analytics combines the power of big data, machine learning, cloud computing, and multi-layered analysis to improve the safety, reliability, affordability, and environmental impact of power delivery,” he added. “BGE’s investment in smart grid analytics will provide the ability to respond dynamically and intelligently to customer and operational opportunities and challenges.”

The companies say their partnership will cover advanced metering infrastructure operations, revenue assurance, customer experience and system planning, with capabilities ranging from meter troubleshooting to evaluation of the effectiveness of demand response and energy efficiency programs.

The collaboration also appears to feature management consultancy firm Accenture (Dublin, Ireland) – one of C3 Energy’s existing partners – which says the analytics software spans the utility value chain.

“We are working together worldwide to bring these solutions to leading utilities, and are excited to implement the C3 Energy smart grid analytics solution at BGE, to help the utility drive value for its customers, as well as improve grid reliability, outage restoration and overall asset management,” said Kelly Gallant, senior managing director of North America Utilities for Accenture.

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