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Pennsylvania-based PPL Electric Utilities, a subsidiary of PPL Corp., has selected power generation and transmission infrastructure firm Alstom to provide an integrated distribution management system (IDMS).

Alstom notes that the contract is part of PPL's three-year, $38 million smart grid project to enhance system reliability in the Harrisburg area.

According to Alstom, its technology, known as e-terradistribution 3.0, combines supervisory control and data acquisition software and an advanced distribution management system into one IDMS.

The IDMS includes a single-user interface utilizing a single network model to provide PPL distribution operators with real-time situational awareness to help improve reliability, Alstom adds.

"The implementation of Alstom's IDMS is consistent with our broader efforts to improve the overall reliability of our electricity network with advanced smart grid technologies," says David Bonenberger, vice president, distribution operations, for PPL. "Our new IDMS will give our system planners more detailed information about electric usage and load on various utility equipment so that they can better plan reliability improvements and prioritize future investments in the power grid that benefit our customers."

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