Fuente: www.consultant-news.com Fecha: 27.01.2011
BC Hydro, the third largest electric utility in Canada, announced the advancement of its Smart Metering & Infrastructure Program with the selection of Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services. The three-year contract with Capgemini is worth an estimated $63 million CAD (approximately €48 million).
The Smart Metering Program, including the installation of new digital meters, is a key first step in delivering a modern electricity grid for the benefit of BC Hydro customers. By improving safety, reliability, customer service, and reducing electricity theft, BC Hydro is confident the $930 million CAD (approximately €709 million) program will return benefits of over $1.6 billion CAD (approximately €1.22 billion) to BC Hydro customers.
Under the agreement, Capgemini will provide system integration and project management services, helping to design and deliver a program that will see the replacement of more than 1.8 million meters in BC with digital smart meters, along with information technology and telecommunications infrastructure to enable two-way communications between BC Hydro and its customers.
“We have carefully designed this program to deliver a positive business case and the best possible value to our customers,” said Gary Murphy, Chief Project Officer of BC Hydro’s Smart Metering Program. “We are now collaborating with Capgemini to deploy the program based on their proven industry experience, and their ability to deliver real results on time.”
“This new partnership with BC Hydro underscores the success of our collaborative approach in helping utilities develop solutions to effectively meet current and future challenges, while effectively addressing the needs of environmentally conscious consumers,” said Perry Stoneman, vice president and global leader, Smart Energy Services, Capgemini. “Capgemini’s Smart Energy Services solutions help utilities increase efficiency, and enables them to transform existing infrastructure, programs and services to fulfill regulatory requirements and meet consumer needs.”
Smart Energy Services is one of the five offerings launched by Capgemini group in 2010. This global service line is providing the full spectrum of smart metering, smart grid, smart home solutions and smart analytics to utilities across the globe. The offering leverages a range of proven services and best practices successfully developed by Capgemini since 2004 working with more than 20 North American and European utilities. Also central to the Smart Energy Services offering is the company’s proprietary Managed Business Services, a usage-based pricing model designed to offer greater flexibility for the utility by minimizing large upfront capital expenditure.