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CPS Energy and Schneider develop distribution and automation

William Payne
February 3, 2016
Energy management and automation specialist Schneider Electric is collaborating with Texan electric and gas utility, San Antonio-based CPS Energy to develop a distribution automation strategy to improve system reliability with the aim of supporting greater energy efficiency and quality in Texas.

CPS Energy has many large, high-profile commercial and industrial users, and its energy system has different distribution voltages, varying types of equipment and is completing an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) deployment. It has found integrating a distribution automation strategy challenging.

"By leveraging Schneider Electric's extensive utility and power engineering expertise, we are able to better analyze and understand the current position of our resources and make the most informed decisions," said Paul Barham, SVP energy delivery services, CPS Energy. "Not only does this help us improve our operations, planning and strategy, it enables us to focus on our core business: keeping the lights on for our customers."

"Today's utilities face enormous pressure to comply with government regulations and supply safe, reliable, high-quality electricity at a reasonable cost to their customers – all while addressing challenges like aging grid infrastructure and a decline in experienced workers," said David L. Wood, director of utility consulting services, Schneider Electric. "We're proud to work with utilities like CPS Energy, providing them access to top-tier energy experts who can help them expand their planning capabilities and address pressing challenges such as increasing energy usage and the rise in DERs."