Smart grid for Australia – a world first

SP AusNet Selects GE for World`s First 4G Communications Smart Grid Solution, Delivering Revolutionary Security and Reliability Benefits

Oct 22, 2009 GE Brings Together Ecosystem of Companies to Deliver a Smart Grid Solution for
Today and Tomorrow
ATLANTA–(Business Wire)–

GE Energy Services announced today that SP AusNet, one of Australia`s largest
utilities, will be the first in the world to implement GE`s WiMAX
fourth-generation (4G) smart grid solution. Working with other top-tier

technology and telecommunications companies, GE is introducing a game-changing
smart grid solution to deliver revolutionary security and reliability benefits
to nearly 700,000 Australian households, while helping SP AusNet prepare for the
future of smart grid innovation-from plug-in cars to solar on rooftops.

“SP AusNet is installing a highly capable smart grid communications system,”
said Bob Gilligan, vice president of GE Energy Services` transmission and

distribution business. “This smart grid solution will help the utility enjoy the
immediate benefits of smart metering, while providing them with a powerful
platform to readily adopt additional smart grid technologies to further improve
energy efficiencies, improve reliability, empower consumers with information and
integrate cleaner energy sources.”
The Victoria state government has mandated its entire service area be upgraded
to smart meters by 2013. In addition to meters, future functionality is an
important benefit for Australian utilities………..


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