Utilities everywhere face growing energy demands, ever-tightening regulatory mandates, and the need to integrate renewable energy sources. Network Energy Services (NES) Corporation’s open, multi-application smart grid technology improves today’s grid and provides a seamless pathway to a smarter future. Our NES Patagonia platform and technology offer industry leading security features that are designed to protect, detect and respond to current and future cybersecurity threats in an efficient and timely manner.
Modernizing the electrical grid is a complex undertaking, with each country and region facing its own distinct challenges. Smart metering technology at the edge of the grid is key to the utilities’ ability to deliver more energy more efficiently. Smart grid technology means more than just making electricity meters more accurate or easier to read. Utilities also need to be able to collect real-time grid statistics important for determining grid health and operating their network more efficiently; provide flexible energy usage programs; and be confident that their metering and communication technology will operate reliably even in tough environments.
Smart meters and other smart grid devices based on the Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) standard consistently offer reliable, accurate operation using bidirectional secure power line communications.
Distributed Control Nodes located at the medium-voltage/low-voltage transformer manage the OSGP devices and securely connect to the enterprise via an IP network. They also collect multiple channels of accurate load-profile data with 100% reliability.
NES System Software located at the head-end supplies everything a utility needs to deploy, provision, configure, manage, audit, diagnose, and retrieve data from any OSGP-compatible device operating within the NES System.This provides a flexible framework to leverage a utility’s AMI investment and create its own Energy Applications to respond rapidly to market changes and exploit opportunities that new technology brings.
By enabling the building and management of a smarter grid, NES grid modernization solutions help utilities to:
- Better manage energy efficiency and operation for the low-voltage grid
- Provide customers with greater insight and control over their energy consumption and costs
- Reduce non-technical power losses, such as from theft, and increase revenue assurance
- Maximize the life of grid assets and provide future proof solution
The NES System helps utilities better manage and operate their networks by pinpointing and restoring outages and identifying voltage quality issues automatically, without calling customers or driving to confirm that power has been restored. The NES System also can predict line failures before they occur and cost-effectively schedule preventive maintenance. All of these features also help to provide better protection and safety for utility customers. In addition, the NES System improves the billing procedure by automating processes and ensuring accuracy. The NES System can also leverage the smart metering infrastructure to offer additional smart grid applications.
We believe that basing our smart meter on the industry-standard Open Smart Grid Protocol (OSGP) and our system solution based on NES technology enables us to uniquely deliver improved quality of service, reduce peak demand and operational costs, and protect revenue for our customers.