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Electric Coop TRICO Selects SUBNET Solutions to Automate Rural Substations

SUBNET Solutions Inc. | June 17, 2009

TRICO Electric Cooperative (TRICO) has chosen SUBNET Solutions Inc. (SUBNET) to provide and configure a digital network enabling the Arizona based electrical cooperative to remotely manage rural substations.

Servicing rural accounts is challenging due to geographic dispersal of assets. To manage operations, engineers and technicians are required to spend many hours traveling to and from substations. TRICO is working to eliminate this overhead expense.

In an effort to streamline processes and improve reliability, TRICO is automating operations by installing SUBNET’s flagship products EnterpriseSERVER.NET™ and SubstationSERVER.NET™. Combined, the SUBNET solution enables TRICO to secure access to equipment, communicate and configure substation devices and monitor operations remotely. Operations and engineering departments are then able to remotely analyze event files to minimize outage time.

“One reason we chose SUBNET is their ability to integrate with our current infrastructure” say Chris Fleenor, Technical Services & System Reliability Supervisor for TRICO. “SUBNET is a good fit because we are able to build upon our current computer network and integrate with existing substation hardware. Upon project completion we will drastically reduce our windshield time.”

The project will be completed by fall 2009.

TRICO is a non-profit cooperative serving more than 38,000 rural customers in southern Arizona. Established in 1945, TRICO now services parts of northwest Tucson, Marana, Vail, Corona de Tucson, Sahuarita, Green Valley, Mt. Lemmon, Avra Valley, Three Points and Arivaca. In 1998, Trico became a Touchstone Energy Cooperative. The Touchstone Energy brand unites electric cooperatives across America into the largest network of electric utility providers in the nation.

SUBNET Solutions Inc. is a global software product developer providing solutions for electric utilities that focuses on Making Substations More Intelligent®. Founded in 1992, SUBNET provides intelligent solutions that securely connect real time electric utility field information with utility business systems to enable Smart Grid solutions. Over 200 utilities worldwide rely on SUBNET software to safely manage and monitor thousands of substations that deliver electricity to customers. Visit for more information.

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Media Contact

Brian Neufeld
Corporate Communications Director
SUBNET Solutions Inc.
Tel: 1.403.270.8885

Chris Fleenor
Technical Services & System Reliability Supervisor
TRICO Electric Cooperative
Tel: 1.520.744.2944 ext. 1371

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