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Ohio Valley Electric Contracts OSI for Energy Management System

Open Systems International, Inc. (OSI) has been awarded a major contract by Ohio Valley Electric Corporation (OVEC) of Piketon, Ohio, to be the supplier of its next-generation Energy Management System (EMS) technology.

OVEC’s main motivation for this project has been the implementation of a more modern and secure operations control system based on an open architecture, facilitating future upgrades of hardware and software as well as
a lower recurring maintenance cost.

OVEC and its wholly owned subsidiary, Indiana-Kentucky Electric Corporation (IKEC), were formed in 1952 by investor-owned utilities furnishing electric service in the Ohio River Valley area. OVEC’s Kyger Creek Plant in Cheshire, Ohio, and IKEC’s Clifty Creek Plant in Madison, Indiana, have nameplate generating capacities of 1086.3 MW and 1303.56 MW, respectively. These two generating stations are connected by a network of 776 circuit miles of 345-kV transmission lines. OVEC has interconnections with several major mid-western utilities.

The proposed system is based on OSI’s Monarch distributed open architecture and includes Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, Automatic Generation Control and Dispatch (AGC), Historical Information System, Operator Training Simulator and Secure ICCP communications, as well as a redundant Backup Control Center.

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