Partnership to provide reliable power to 2.4 million Australians

Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Partnership to provide reliable power to 2.4 million Australians

Schneider Electric and Endeavour Energy have partnered to provide safer, more efficient and more reliable energy to 2.4 million Australians across Sydney’s Greater West, the Blue Mountains, Southern Highlands, Illawarra and the South Coast.

Under the partnership, Schneider Electric will integrate its EcoStruxure Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) to Endeavour Energy’s distribution network. Schneider said this will provide Endeavour Energy with leading critical grid management capabilities that will improve outage response, optimise evolving grid operation and manage increasing distributed energy resources impacts.

“We chose Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure ADMS solution because its world-leading smart grid control capabilities will reduce power losses, network operation costs and outage times, while improving the safety and reliability of our network for the benefit of our customers now and for generations to come,” said Andrew Bettenay, CIO at Endeavour Energy.

Gareth O’Reilly, Managing Director Pacific for Schneider Electric, said the company aims to help customers address the energy trilemma: accessible, sustainable and reliable power.

“This new ADMS project will help further digitise the Australian Grid,” said Simon Mouat, Vice President of Energy for Schneider Electric. “Bridging Endeavour Energy’s OT and IT environment, EcoStruxure ADMS provides an all-in-one product that will truly digitise their power systems. It will introduce mobile switching as part of a suite of field force mobility tools and services, enable reliability improvements through distribution automation and provide a way of managing future embedded generation and emerging technologies.”

It will help Endeavour Energy reduce the impact of growing demand caused by severe weather and a growing population. The company stated that the climate in Western Sydney is often about 10 degrees warmer than the coast, reaching temperatures of over 40 degrees during most summer periods and increasing the demand for air conditioning.

Greater Western Sydney’s population is also expected to grow by approximately 46% by 2031, and Endeavour Energy’s network is projected to accommodate another 500,000 residents over the next 30 years. These new cities wil be the size of Wollongong or Canberra, and their success will be linked to how homes and businesses access, generate and distribute electricity.

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