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Augusta Systems Technologies Power Smart Grid Project

April 29, 2008

Allegheny Power uses new, intelligent communications and control network to enable the next generation of electric utility systems.


MORGANTOWN, WV /PRNewswire/ -- Augusta Systems Inc., provider of intelligent enterprise network technologies, announced that its products have been deployed by Allegheny Power for use in a new Smart Grid project that integrates controls for building systems and energy management with utility infrastructure that achieves new levels of peak load control, energy efficiency and reliability.

Allegheny Power has utilized Augusta Systems EdgeFrontier middleware and SensorPort network appliances as the foundation for the Research Ridge Project—an intelligent electricity system communications and control network, linking transformer monitors, power line sensors, circuit switches, electricity sensing devices, IT systems and the IP network. The new deployment, at a six-building office park in Allegheny's West Virginia service area, demonstrates how this communications and control network can link the customer's equipment to the utility's network to optimize energy consumption.

"Controlling peak demand and managing electricity use through smart grid initiatives provide benefits to utilities and their customers beyond traditional demand-side management programs," said David E. Flitman, president of Allegheny Power, Allegheny Energy's electric delivery business. "By utilizing Augusta Systems technologies to integrate building systems with our distribution system, Allegheny's network can maximize energy efficiency and improve customer service and reliability."

The new deployment integrates the electric distribution system communications and control network with customer building and energy management systems. With cooperation and two-way communications between facility owners and the utility, the deployment showcases how reductions in power requirements can occur through the combined reductions in demand, power losses and consumption. Specifically, the Augusta Systems technologies enable intelligent management and control of metering devices, HVAC systems, water heaters, office equipment, kitchen appliances and other devices within the office park based upon preferences from the facility owner and system-based energy demand requirements. During high-price scenarios, the system enables control of high-usage equipment, such as water heating and air conditioning. Beyond the building, the deployment includes power line monitors placed on electricity feeders serving the office park to allow full measurement of efficiency and energy delivery. In addition, the new system ties into a nearby substation integrated with the facility network to allow for monitoring of key distribution system operational parameters including voltages, currents, recloser operations and transformer health indicators.

"By converging these various systems and devices, Augusta Systems products provide Allegheny Energy with a platform for improving demand-side management, energy efficiency and system reliability," said Patrick Esposito, president and chief operating officer of Augusta Systems. "Allegheny Energy is on the forefront of electricity distribution system innovations. Instead of deploying a patchwork of different devices and systems, Allegheny Energy is creating a unified network for communications and control. This is critical to a real-time understanding of customer power demands, system health and utility operations."

About Augusta Systems
Augusta Systems, Inc. powers intelligent enterprise networks. Augusta Systems products enable collaboration and communication between enterprise networks and edge assets—sensors, actuators, wireless sensor networks, RFID systems, imagery devices and other edge-of-network systems and devices—which have existed beyond the reach of these networks. With platforms for building and managing solutions featuring data from edge assets, Augusta Systems provides simplified data integration, processing, correlation and communication capabilities for Network 2.0-enabled enterprises. Augusta Systems technologies and integration services—including core products SensorBridge, EdgeFrontier and SensorPort—support security, monitoring, automation, asset tracking and other enterprise applications. Through key partnerships, Augusta Systems also offers integrated monitoring and control products, including ThreatViewer and GridMonitor. These technologies reduce the total cost of ownership for intelligent enterprise networks and maximize return on investment for enterprise networks and edge assets.

About Allegheny Energy
Headquartered in Greensburg, PA, Allegheny Energy is an investor-owned electric utility with total annual revenues of over $3 billion and more than 4,000 employees. The company owns and operates generating facilities and, under the name Allegheny Power, delivers low-cost, reliable electric service to 1.6 million customers in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia.


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