Open Systems International to control Dairyland Power Cooperative |

Open Systems International to control Dairyland Power Cooperative

November 22, 2009 - Open Systems International has been awarded a comprehensive new contract by Dairyland Power Cooperative to upgrade and replace its Energy Management System (EMS) as well as its Distribution Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.

Dairyland Power Cooperative is a generation and transmission cooperative based in La Crosse, Wisconsin, that provides electrical services to more than 600,000 consumers throughout a four-state service territory that includes Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois.

Seeking a significant improvement in Cyber-security and regulatory support, as well as a transition to a more modern SCADA and EMS platform with easier maintenance and operation; Dairyland has chosen an upgrade to OSI’s monarch (Multi-platform Open Network ARCHitecture) platform. These new systems are set to be deployed on a robust and secure distribution of the Linux® operating system.

The proposed new EMS and Distribution SCADA systems for DPC are based on OSI’s monarch distributed open network architecture, featuring an advanced Microsoft® .NET based Graphical User Interface and incorporating OSI’s SCADA; Secure, IP-based Communications Front-end Processing; Inter-control Center Communications; High Capacity Data Historian; Operator Training Simulation; Generation Control and Dispatch; Transaction Management; NERC Compliance Tracking; OATI Interface; Market Operations Interface to Midwest ISO as well as Transmission Network Security Analysis functionality that includes State Estimation, Power Flow and Contingency Analysis.

“Dairyland is very excited to be working with OSI in the replacement of our Energy Management System. We have been very pleased with the professional and collaborative approach OSI has demonstrated in resolving the security, installation and timing requirements associated with this project. Dairyland is very appreciative to have aligned with an organization that so closely shares our business objectives and the values of our membership,” said Chuck Callies, Vice President, Power Delivery for Dairyland Power Cooperative.

"OSI is very pleased to have gained the trust of Dairyland Power Cooperative and we welcome them to our User family, one of the largest in North America. Growing NERC Cyber security and regulatory concerns are becoming more and more prevalent within the industry and it pleases us very much that progressive and pioneering companies such as DPC trust our technology over that of incumbent suppliers. We look forward to a very successful partnership and project with DPC," said Bahman Hoveida, President and CEO of OSI.

Headquartered in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Dairyland Power Cooperative is a generation and transmission cooperative that provides the wholesale electrical requirements and other services for 25 electrical distribution cooperatives and 16 municipal utilities in the Upper Midwest. In turn, these cooperatives and municipal utilities deliver the electricity to consumers—meeting the energy needs of more than a half million people. Dairyland’s generation resources include coal, natural gas, hydro, wind, landfill gas and animal waste.

OSI provides open, state-of-the-art and high-performance automation solutions to utilities worldwide. These solutions include Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Systems, Network Management Systems (NMS), Energy Management Systems (EMS), Distribution Management Systems (DMS) and Generation Management Systems (GMS), as well as individual software and hardware products and SmartGrid solutions for utility operations. OSI is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
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