Press release

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States and Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States, April 20, 2010 Elster and Cooper Power Systems Demonstrate Control of Distribution Equipment using DNP/IP over the EnergyAxis AMI Network to Improve System Performance and Reduce Losses

Cooper Power Systems, a division of Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE), and Elster today announced that Cooper Power Systems has joined Elster’s Advanced Grid Infrastructure (AGI) Initiative.

The AGI Initiative is a collaborative effort between utilities, Elster and key technology providers to create innovative solutions to modernize and improve the operation and reliability of utility distribution networks. One of the major objectives of the AGI Initiative is to leverage advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) to enable smart grid applications for the distribution system. 

Elster and Cooper Power Systems have successfully demonstrated DNP/IP SCADA communications through Elster’s EnergyAxis AMI system and Cooper Power Systems intelligent capacitor controller. Utilities are evaluating improved voltage control as a practical means of achieving voltage and energy conservation.  Capacitor controllers such as the Cooper Power Systems CBC 7000 allow utilities to better regulate distribution voltages and reduce system loading.

The integration of these leading Smart Grid technologies will allow existing SCADA management systems, or other advanced systems, such as Cooper Power Systems Yukon® Advanced Energy Services Platform, to perform standard operations over the EnergyAxis AMI Network on third party IP enabled SCADA devices, such as Cooper Power Systems CBC 7000 Series Capacitor Bank Controllers.

Our collaboration with Cooper Power Systems demonstrates Elster’s commitment to helping utilities leverage their AMI investment to improve customer service and easily realize energy conservation using their AMI systems,” said David G. Hart, executive vice president of systems and products at Elster.

“The interoperability of Elster’s EnergyAxis system allows utilities to integrate technologies such as those offered by Cooper Power Systems for smarter grid management.  Partners such as Cooper Power Systems have allowed us to deliver smart grid applications that modernize the grid using AMI,” Hart added

“EnergyAxis customers can utilize Yukon’s Integrated Volt/VAR application and capacitor bank controls for voltage and power factor optimization, increasing efficient energy delivery to the home, reducing system losses and the customer’s carbon footprint,” said Tom Pitstick, vice president and general manager of the Energy Automation Solutions division at Cooper Power Systems.

“The Yukon platform is a field proven, feature rich platform, with more than 200 systems deployed since 2000. This partnership, with an industry leader like Elster, highlights the importance of flexible data integration across various networks and systems within smart grid deployments,” Pitstick added.

Realizing that innovative smart grid applications utilizing AMI systems would require cooperation between utilities and technology providers, Elster began the AGI initiative several years ago.  The AGI initiative has allowed Elster and its collaborators to deploy new innovative applications using AMI.

EnergyAxis, a field-proven Smart Grid solution with more than 3.5 million endpoints deployed with utilities across North America, enables utilities to realize grid modernization applications such as:

  • Power Factor Correction
  • Voltage conservation to reduce energy consumption
  • Voltage monitoring across the distribution grid
  • Load shedding
  • Outage detection
  • Transformer monitoring
  • Detection of non-technical losses