Siemens is partnering with Con Edison, the utility that powers New York City, to install technology that will help keep Con Edison customers in sections of Lower Manhattan in service during severe flooding. With its distribution feeder automation project Con Edison will ensure that unexpected weather events and flooding will no longer impact their entirepower system, making them more resilient and prepared for the future.
Con Edison chose Siemens to collaborate on a new automation system to synchronously control underground switches and circuit breakers that will separate two of Con Edison’s power distribution networks into four sub-networks. That will allow the utility to continue delivering power to parts of Lower Manhattan, including Wall Street, in the event of flooding to coastal areas. Con Edison is the first utility in the U.S. to implement this storm-hardening technology.
For Con Edison the cooperation with Siemens is an important part of its program to fortify its energy-delivery systems and protect its customers from severe weather events like Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene.
Source: Siemens, July 7, 2015