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IBM Expands Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition to Advance Smart Grid Development


ARMONK, N.Y., - 10 Mar 2011: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced two new utilities have joined the Global IUN Coalition, a group of utility companies designed to further the adoption of smarter energy grids around the world—TEPCO from Japan, and KEPCO from Korea. The coalition now collectively serves approximately 150 million energy customers worldwide.

TEPCO, the largest vertically integrated electric utility company in Japan, is serving approximately 28 million customers in the metropolitan Tokyo area.  KEPCO, Korea’s sole electric power company, is leading the world’s largest comprehensive smart grid test bed in Jeju Island which brings together smart technologies in the areas of generation, power grid, electrical service, buildings and transportation. 

“By joining the Global IUN Coalition, we expect to actively collaborate and make exchanges with international electric companies,” said Kim Woo-kyum, Executive VP and COO of KEPCO, “Through this group we can participate in new projects and smart grid business opportunities worldwide.” 

"To realize a low-carbon society, TEPCO is focusing on developing a smarter power system network to integrate a huge amount of renewable energy, promoting more electrification in all sectors, and examining a low-carbon city," said Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Managing Director, Deputy General Manager, Power Network Division, Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. "Through the participation in the Global IUN Coalition, we are looking forward to collaborating with other member utilities to share better and best practices and to solve common issues.” 

The coalition member companies are diverse in their knowledge contributions. For example, DONG Energy of Denmark is a leader in renewable energy, sourcing 20 percent of their power from wind and working toward generating 50 percent of their energy with Co2-neutral resources by 2020. NDPL of India offers the perspective of providing power to an emerging market, where reliability and full access to electricity are still in development. Oncor in the U.S. has an aggressive goal of updating its entire network with 3.2 million advanced meters by 2012. 

The GIUNC shares ideas and best practices through in-person meetings and virtual interactions, benchmarks their efforts, shares knowledge on critical issues and undertakes collaborative initiatives. For example, the successful CenterPoint Energy Smart Grid Demonstration Center gave Essential Energy the insight they needed to create their own center in Queanbeyan, Australia. 

Coalition Projects

The coalition’s first collaborative effort was the creation of a Smart Grid Maturity Model (SGMM), a tool that benchmarks current progress and plans long term smart grid programs. More than 70 utilities have taken the SGMM assessment to date, and since the GIUNC donated the SGMM to Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute in 2009, it continues to be an effective method of evaluation for utilities around the world.  The coalition has also completed two studies, one on the Impact of Smart Grid on Climate Change including a tool that helps evaluate the impact of different investments on CO2 emissions, another on Microgrids. 

Ongoing projects include: 

·      Issues related to integrating Distributed Energy Resources. The group is currently focused on studying grid impact and business strategy related to electric vehicles. An Electric Vehicle Planning Model is being built to estimate the growth of electric vehicles for a utility’s service area and the expected impact on the grid. 

·      The wants and needs of the consumer related to smart grid. A global survey was recently completed to study consumer understanding and attitudes towards smart grid. This will help utilities improve customer outreach and education. 

·      New working groups are being formed to cover the areas of Grid Automation, Smart Grid Telecommunications and Performance Benchmarking. 

“The utilities in this coalition are all assembled around a common purpose, and that’s to enable new smart grid initiatives at a more rapid pace, to adopt open, industry-based standards, and to shape government policies and regulation,” said Guido Bartels, General Manager of IBM’s Energy & Utilities Industry. "Each member brings new expertise that helps other members achieve these goals in their respective markets.” 

About The Tokyo Electric Power Company, Inc. (TEPCO)

TEPCO, the largest vertically integrated electric utility company in Japan, is serving approximately 28 million customers of the metropolitan Tokyo area. They have outstanding reliability in dense urban network with outage duration per household of about 2 minutes and outage frequency per household of about 0.05. The TEPCO Group has launched a new management vision for the next ten years, "2020 Vision: Medium to Long-term Growth Declaration."  As part of these growth plans, TEPCO will focus on introducing more zero-emission power sources, recommending more electrification, developing "smarter" power system network, and other initiatives to drive continuous improvement across its operations and services. For more information, please visit http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/index-e.html 

About KEPCO

Korea Electric Power Corporation (“KEPCO”) is a government-invested, integrated electric utility company in Korea. KEPCO is the only company engaged in power transmission and distribution in Korea. KEPCO generates approximately over 93% of total electricity produced in Korea through its wholly-owned six generation subsidiaries (“GENCOs”). KEPCO spun off its generation business and established six GENCOs in 2001 in accordance with the government’s restructuring plan for the Korean electricity industry. In 2009 the company was the lead on a winning tender submitted in Abu Dhabi for construction of the first Nuclear Power plant in the United Arab Emirates. For more information, please visit http://www.kepco.co.kr/eng/ 

About the Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition

In 2007, IBM formed a coalition of innovative utility companies to accelerate the use of smart grid technologies and move the industry forward through its most challenging transformation. The Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition wants to change the way power is generated, distributed and used by adding digital intelligence to the current systems to reduce outages and faults, manage demand, and integrate renewable energy sources such as wind and power. 

Members include Alliander, CenterPoint Energy, CPFL, DONG Energy, eRDF, Essential Energy, North Delhi Power Limited, Oncor, Pepco Holdings, Inc, Progress Energy and San Diego Gas & Electric. 

For more information about the Global IUN Coalition, please visit http://www.ibm.com/ibm/ideasfromibm/us/smartplanet/topics/utilities/20081124/index.shtml?&re=sph 

For more information about IBM, please visit www.ibm.com/energy

Contact(s) information

Emily Horn
IBM Media Relations
415-545-2634
horne@us.ibm.com

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