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North Carolina Utility Contracts for GreenBus Platform for Smart Grid Transformation

Green Energy Corp. has announced the commercial release of its GreenBus platform for utilities, and the first power utility contract for a GreenBus subscription.

GreenBus helps utilities modernize the operation of the power grid. At the core of the GreenBus is a secure middleware platform that captures high-volume, real-time field device data and interconnects that data with operations and business systems.

"We have been close to the development and evolution of the GreenBus over the last year," said Randy Brecheisen, president and CEO of Piedmont Electric, a member-owned electric distribution cooperative in North Carolina. "Our commitment to incorporate the GreenBus into our smart grid initiatives reflects our expectation for an immediate impact on our operating efficiency as well as providing a much needed technology platform to support upcoming needs, such as support for electric vehicles."

GreenBus was designed to provide a clear pathway for utilities to incrementally adopt smart technology without disrupting the performance of today's dated, but still reliable grid. The pathway starts with an open source model that connects a global community of engineers and developers to create, test and share smart solutions. In addition to driving rapid innovation, the Green Energy Corp.-sponsored open source community is expected to accelerate the adoption of standards.

Derived from the open source community, Green Energy Corp. engineers perform authentication and quality testing to harden the GreenBus into a utility-grade solution that meets the standards of security and reliability demanded by the power industry. Security, scalability and high performance are embedded in the design of every GreenBus component. The GreenBus real-time data collection system includes data capture adaptors that are standards-based (DNP3, Modbus and IEC 61850), or customized for hundreds of legacy devices. The GreenBus Application Programming Interface (API) enables secure intra-application communications, including use of the standard MultiSpeak. The GreenBus API also allows management of field devices, access to real-time and historical data, events, alarms and other critical grid information.

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