Wabash Valley Power chooses partners for smart grid implementation

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Siemens Energy and eMeter have been selected by Wabash Valley Power Association (WVPA), a generation and transmission cooperative based in Indianapolis, to implement eMeter's EnergyIP software platform and meter data management application to enable a single system capable of providing meter-to-cash and demand response across multiple customer information (CIS) and advanced metering (AMI) systems.

"Wabash Valley works with multiple distribution cooperatives located in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Missouri, each with different meter types and customer information systems. For this reason, we needed a flexible software platform with proven smart grid deployments. Siemens and eMeter have the right product and experience to make our smart grid rollout successful," said Andrew Horstman, manager of demand response, Wabash Valley Power Association.

Siemens and eMeter will be licensing re-usable, standards-based adapters to each of the member CIS and AMI systems, eliminating the need for expensive point-to-point, one-off integrations.

"Siemens is helping cooperatives, like Wabash Valley and its Member Systems, realize the benefits of the smart grid," said Kevin O'Hara, vice president and general manager of Siemens T&D Service Solutions. "We're pleased to assist in their transition to the smart grid, ultimately providing more effective and efficient service for their end customers."

"We are excited to add Wabash Valley to our list of multi-organizational customers that have deployed eMeter's EnergyIP platform. Wabash Valley and its distribution cooperatives are following a proven model for smart grid success," said Bobby Napiltonia, senior vice president of sales and alliances at eMeter.

Siemens understands the complete energy conversion chain and is able to transform today's grid into a living infrastructure that is smart enough to respond quickly, flexibly and comprehensively to society's energy needs. Siemens also incorporates solutions for commercial and industrial applications as well as smart homes, including building automation, IT systems integration, advanced lighting technology and energy efficient appliances for a comprehensive smart grid solution.

About Wabash
As a generation and transmission cooperative, Wabash Valley Power meets the wholesale power supply needs of electric distribution cooperatives in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio. A non-profit corporation, Wabash Valley operates under the cooperative business model as a democratic organization owned and controlled by its members, and motivated not by profit or stockholders, but by meeting the need for competitive and reliable power supply. Founded in 1963, Wabash Valley has grown to include 28 member cooperatives that ultimately provide electricity to approximately 800,000 people at home and in the workplace.

About Siemens Energy
The Siemens Energy Sector is the world's leading supplier of a complete spectrum of products, services and solutions for the generation, transmission and distribution of power and for the extraction, conversion and transport of oil and gas. In fiscal 2009 (ended September 30), the Energy Sector had revenues of approximately EUR25.8 billion and received new orders totaling approximately EUR30 billion and posted a profit of EUR3.3 billion. On September 30, 2009, the Energy Sector had a workforce of approximately 85,100. 

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