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OSI to help Arizona power company replace legacy distribution systems

OSI to help Arizona power company replace legacy distribution systems

June 29, 2018 - Open Systems International has been awarded a contract by UNS Energy, the parent company of Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and its sister company, UniSource Energy Services (UES), to supply a Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) built on OSI's monarch operations technology (OT) platform. TEP serves more than 424,000 electrical customers in the Tucson metropolitan area and UES provides natural gas and electric service to more than 252,000 customers in northern and southern Arizona.

The ADMS will also replace the utilities’ legacy Outage Management System (OMS) with an integrated, enterprise OT solution that enables operational decisions based on information from various grid devices and automated meters. It provides a platform to integrate with emerging technologies such as distributed energy resources, weather models, and automated devices for advanced management of the distribution grid.

In addition to the full Distribution SCADA functionality of the OSI monarch platform, this ADMS implementation will feature the following: Distribution Network Operating Model, a full complement of Advanced Distribution Management Applications, Outage Management System, Switch Order Management, and the Distribution Operator Training Simulator.

“Our new ADMS from OSI will provide us intelligent situational awareness of the electric grid,” said Erik Bakken, Vice President of System Operations and Environmental at TEP and UNS Energy. “It will enable us to actively operate and maintain the electric distribution system and manage increasing levels of distributed generation installations (renewables), energy storage, and real-time grid information more effectively.”

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