Siemens Partners with Con Edison to Install Storm Hardening System in Lower Manhattan

  • Distribution feeder automation technology will allow Con Edison to keep power flowing to area of lower Manhattan during flooding
  • First U.S. utility to install this type of power network separation technology

WENDELL, N.C.--()--Siemens is partnering with Con Edison, the utility that powers New York City, to install technology that will help keep Con Edison customers in sections of Lower Manhattan in service during severe flooding.

“Our work with Siemens is an important part of our program to fortify our energy-delivery systems and protect our customers from severe weather events like Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene”

Con Edison chose Siemens to collaborate on a new automation system to synchronously control underground switches and circuit breakers that will separate two of Con Edison’s power distribution networks into four sub-networks. That will allow the utility to continue delivering power to parts of Lower Manhattan, including Wall Street, in the event of flooding to coastal areas. Con Edison is the first utility in the U.S. to implement this storm-hardening technology.

“Our work with Siemens is an important part of our program to fortify our energy-delivery systems and protect our customers from severe weather events like Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene,” said Patrick McHugh, vice president, Engineering and Planning, at Con Edison. “It’s also an example on how we are using automation and technology to remain an industry leader in service and reliability.”

“Siemens is honored to have our technology play a role in providing more reliable power to the people of New York City,” said Kevin Yates, president of Siemens Energy Management division. “Con Edison’s efforts will ensure that unexpected weather events and flooding will no longer impact their entire power system, making them more resilient and prepared for the future.”

Siemens developed the Distribution Feeder Automation (SDFA) technology specifically for Con Edison’s system out of its Wendell, North Carolina research and development hub. Siemens’ technology will allow the system to issue open and close commands within four milliseconds from Siemens field devices that control the circuit breakers and underground sectionalizing switches that in turn switch the power to the sub-networks. The system will operate across more than 44 primary circuits. This custom automation system is interoperable with Con Edison’s control systems and installed primary switchgear.

For further information on Siemens Distribution Feeder Automation technology, please visit http://w3.usa.siemens.com/smartgrid/us/en/distribution-grid/products/distribution-automation-systems/pages/distribution-feeder-automation-systems.aspx.

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Siemens Corporation is a U.S. subsidiary of Siemens AG, a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. With 343,000 employees in more than 200 countries, Siemens reported worldwide revenue of approximately $98 billion in fiscal 2014. Siemens in the USA reported revenue of $22.2 billion, including $5.2 billion in exports, and employs approximately 46,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

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