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Worcester utility launches largest smart grid deployment in Massachusetts

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Thursday, August 16, 2012

Massachusetts utility National Grid was recently given the nod to move forward with its smart grid pilot program that will improve grid reliability and services for some 15,000 customers in Worcester, making it the largest smart grid deployment in the state.

According to the Worcester Telegram, National Grid is putting the finishing touches on contracts with various smart grid vendors for intelligent electronic devices that will be installed throughout its power network. The project is expected to be fully active about a year after National Grid begins its strong marketing campaign to raise awareness of smart grid technologies used in Worcester.

"We’re very excited," said Edward White Jr., vice president of customer and business strategy for National Grid. "This is when the hard work really begins."

The deployment comes only four years after Massachusetts passed legislation that requires all utilities to develop and test smart grid technologies through such pilot programs, the media outlet stated.

SUBNET has helped some of the largest utilities in North America efficiently install smart grid technologies, which companies can use to gather and analyze data on substation performance, flow rates and other critical utility functions.

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