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GE to provide smart grid services to Aberdeen, Mississippi

Iain Morris
August 12, 2014
Industrial giant GE has won a deal to provide smart grid services in the Mississippi city of Aberdeen.

The company says it will deploy its cloud-based grid management system for the City of Aberdeen, allowing the local utility to develop new services for customers and realize a variety of efficiency improvements.

The technology will give the utility access to an online customer portal where residents can see details of their energy usage and costs.

Consumers will also benefit from tools that allow them to better manage their energy and water consumption and give them more certainty about monthly utility bills.
GE (Fairfield, CT, USA) is also to provide Aberdeen with a number of other smart grid services, including electric and water metering for its advanced metering infrastructure, asset monitoring and mapping, outage detection and meter data management.

“Aberdeen was seeking an opportunity to empower customers to become more engaged with their electric and water utilities,” said Todd Jackson, product line leader for software solutions at GE’s Digital Energy business. “Through GE’s pre-integrated [service], Aberdeen will be able to provide the information end users need to make more knowledgeable decisions about their resource usage and budgets.”

Aberdeen authorities say they want to establish the city as a regional leader in grid modernization and give residents more control over their resource usage.

“GE offers the expertise and innovative solutions required to make these goals a reality,” said Cecil Belle, mayor of Aberdeen. “The result is reliability and real-time information utilities and consumers alike need – and have come to expect – in today’s interconnected world.”

The technology GE is providing to Aberdeen was introduced last year as part of the company’s “industrial internet” portfolio and allows big data to be converted into analytical insight so that improvements can be made to grid reliability, productivity and efficiency.

Aberdeen becomes the second utility in Mississippi to make use of the technology, with Holly Springs having already teamed up with GE.

The company says that it is also providing the smart grid solution to the City of Norcross, Georgia, the City of Leesburg, Florida, and Skiatook in Oklahoma.
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