NE Transitions to New Energy Management System

computer-monitorsOn April 22, National Grid undertook a complete evolution of a legacy New England Energy Management System. The newly implemented Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system (SCADA) monitors, operates and controls the electricity transmission and distribution system as well as securely exchanges data and information with ISO New England and regional transmission owners.

Years in the planning, the transition from a 1990s-era system to a state-of-the-art system involved a staggered series of “cutovers” phased across New England. Under continuous monitoring by teams representing Electric Control Center Operations, Information Services, Operations, Critical National Infrastructure, Protection & Telecom, Digital Security, Stations and the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Jurisdictions, the cutovers successfully concluded late afternoon on April 22.

“The preplanning and lessons learned from the NY EMS commissioning provided a solid foundation for the NE cutover. The team was confident in the approach and much like NY, had anything failed, back-up plans were in place to preserve system integrity.” said Joe Farella, EMS Development Manager, who managed the project. “We continue to build on experience & lessons learned from the implementing of large projects to ensure efficiencies and success.”

“This project is part of National Grid’s continuing investment in enhancing service and reliability for our electricity grid,” said John Spink, Vice President of Control Center Operations. He noted that a similar conversion took place earlier this year in Upstate New York.

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