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Progress Energy to Use Integrated Weather and Smart Grid Solutions to Predict Electrical Load

Progress Energy has chosen smart grid solutions technologies in combination with weather forecasts in order to dynamically and more accurately predict load for its distribution system and optimize its energy efficiency programs.

Progress Energy, which serves approximately 3.1 million customers in the Carolinas and Florida, is implementing Telvent’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition/Distribution Management System as part of its EnergyWise smart grid initiative. The system helps operators accurately predict electrical load and make real-time dynamic adjustments, resulting in the optimization of the existing grid.

Because weather accounts for up to 90 percent of load forecasting demand variation, the SCADA/DMS system requires comprehensive historical and precision-forecasted weather data in order to achieve maximum efficiency on the grid. Independently rated as the most accurate in the industry for the fifth consecutive year, Telvent’s weather forecasting technology will be fully integrated into Progress Energy’s SCADA/DMS system.

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