Baltimore Gas and Electric Company Teams with Accenture and Oracle For Smart Meter Implementation Throughout Central Maryland
Deployment of smart meters to result in enhanced service reliability and customer service for BGE’s 1.2 million customers - one of the largest deployments in North America
BALTIMORE ; Sept. 20, 2010 -- Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE), a subsidiary of Constellation Energy (NYSE: CEG), has teamed with Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and Oracle to implement a smart meter network for its 1.2 million customers. The planned implementation is part of BGE’s smart grid initiative that aims to reduce peak electricity demand, increase customer service and enhance operational performance.
Smart grid will provide customers with detailed information regarding energy consumption and cost, and will deliver data that will enable BGE to enhance the performance of its distribution network. Combined with BGE’s energy efficiency and demand response initiatives, smart grid will help the state of Maryland, under EmPOWER Maryland, achieve its goal of a 15 percent reduction in total system demand by 2015.
“BGE is pleased to partner with both Accenture and Oracle - two premier companies - that will enable us to deliver the significant transformational benefits of smart grid to each of our 1.2 million customers,” said Kenneth W. DeFontes, president and chief executive officer of BGE. “Those benefits include at least $2.5 billion worth of savings for BGE customers over the life of the project, as well as major new enhancements in customer service and reliability. Accenture’s experience in intelligent networks and Oracle’s in software, positions BGE to make those transformational benefits a reality.”
Accenture will provide systems integration services including the design, build and management of a customer web portal, meter data management system, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), and integration related to BGE’s customer care and billing and outage management systems. Accenture also will provide project management support through planning, execution, field deployment and change management activities.
BGE’s smart meter network will leverage Oracle’s utilities meter data management system to help manage and analyze high volumes of meter data more effectively while providing customers with detailed energy usage data, which is expected to result in decreased peak energy consumption and electric bills. BGE also plans to integrate the meter data management system with its existing Oracle utilities network (outage) management system to enhance outage management processes with near real-time outage and restoration verification capabilities.
Stu Solomon, senior executive in Accenture’s Utilities industry group, said, “BGE, as an industry leader, is committed to transforming its business and network to better serve its customers, strengthen its workforce, and comply with regulatory requirements. The U.S. Department of Energy, through the Smart Grid program, has granted BGE a unique opportunity to further enhance its infrastructure so that its customers can benefit from enhanced reliability, reduced costs, and greater control of their home energy usage. Accenture is committed to helping BGE leverage the power of intelligent networks and build a grid of the future so that utility customers in Central Maryland can realize the benefits envisioned by BGE and regulatory authorities.”
Stephan Scholl, senior vice president and general manager for Oracle Utilities said, “We’re pleased to team with Accenture to deliver tangible business value to BGE and its smart grid initiatives. BGE’s investment in several Oracle Utilities products validates the comprehensive smart grid choice we offer to the industry.”
As part of its implementation of smart grid, BGE plans to be one of the first utilities in the nation to offer smart energy pricing, whereby customers can earn rebates for reducing electricity usage during peak times of the day. In 2008 and 2009 respectively, BGE, with the support of Accenture, conducted two smart energy pricing pilots during which participating households reduced peak energy consumption ranging from 22 percent to 37 percent. BGE estimates reduction in energy usage will ease the need for future power generation plants and other capacity upgrades which will reduce costs for BGE and its customers.
BGE, www.bge.com, headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland’s largest gas and electric utility, delivering power to more than 1.2 million electric customers and more than 640,000 natural gas customers in Central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,000 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Constellation Energy, www.constellation.com, a FORTUNE 125 company also headquartered in Baltimore with subsidiaries that generate, sell and deliver energy and provide other energy-related services to customers throughout North America.
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with more than 190,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$21.58 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2009. Its home page is www.accenture.com.
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Oracle Utilities delivers proven software applications that help utilities of all types and sizes achieve competitive advantage, business performance excellence and a lower total cost of technology ownership. Oracle Utilities integrates industry-specific customer care and billing, network management, work and asset management, mobile workforce management and meter data management applications with the capabilities of Oracle’s industry-leading enterprise applications, business intelligence tools, middleware and database technologies. The software enables customers to adapt more nimbly to market deregulation, meet ever-evolving customer demands and deliver on environmental conservation commitments. Additionally, Oracle Utilities helps utilities prepare for smart metering and smart grid initiatives that enhance efficiency and provide critical intelligence metrics that can help drive more-informed energy and water usage decisions for consumers and businesses. For more information, visit www.oracle.com/goto/utilities.
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