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By Jacob Cohen-Donnelly on Sep 11, 2009 with no responses

Boulder, Colorado Becomes World’s First Smart Grid City


Boulder, Colorado, the world's first Smart Grid city.

Xcel Energy announced that they have successfully implemented the Ventyx Smart Grid Operations Solution in Boulder, Colorado.

This implementation is the first fully integrated Smart Grid city in the world. The Ventyx Solution will make it possible to convert the data from the Smart Grid into actual information that will assist both utility providers, and consumers alike, in  making energy-related decisions.

Ventyx is the largest private software, data and advisory services provider for the energy industry and Xcel Energy is a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company.

An in-home energy management website is expected to be launched in the near future, which will give all Boulder customers with one of the more than 15,000 new, “smart” meters the ability to review their home energy use.

“The Ventyx Smart Grid Operations solution plays a fundamental role in turning the vision of SmartGridCity into reality by helping us aggregate diverse data from the Smart Grid and make it actionable in our commercial operations,” said Randy Huston, Xcel Energy’s project delivery executive for SmartGridCity.

The Ventyx Smart Grid Solution is a software suite that provides for its users the ability to deliver demand response (DR) programs, distributed energy (DG) management, renewable generation and resource optimization. The software suite is designed to suit both commercial and retail utility operations.

“We can now read customer meters remotely, identify and reduce outages and false power outage calls more quickly,” said Jay Herrmann, Xcel Energy regional vice president. “By cutting the number of times we send crews out to those calls, we can make our crews more productive. Combining those efficiencies while reducing outages will allow us to capture cost-savings more appropriately and benefit our customers.”

Over the last year, the SmartGridCity has seen remarkable growth. SmartGridCity has installed 15,800 smart meters, enabled 45,200 premises with broadband over powerline (BPL), laid 200 miles of fiber, built 95 new interfaces, deployed/integrated more than 20 disparate applications, and performed more than 300 test cases for go-live preparation.

“The Ventyx Smart Grid Operations solution meets a growing need among utilities deploying Smart Grids because it enables them to process and act on complex information from across the entire energy value chain from generation to consumption,” said Ventyx President and Chief Operating Officer Steve Carpenter.