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GE Energy Announces Distribution Automation Controllers to Maximize Grid Efficiency and ReliabilityPDF

GE’s Multilin™ Distribution Automation Controllers Enables Utilities to Optimize Voltage Levels, Reduce Power Losses and Outage Duration

MARKHAM, ON – July 28, 2011 — GE Energy today announced the release of its new platform of Multilin Distribution Automation (DA) Controllers; Voltage Regulator Controller, Capacitor Bank Controller and Field RTU, key building blocks of GE’s (NYSE: GE) advanced distribution automation solutions.

“We understand the challenges utilities face in trying to address our growing demand for power and our aging distribution infrastructure. We continue to develop and invest in advanced technologies that enable our utility customers to realize real gains in operational efficiency and reliability”, says Juan Macias, General Manager of GE’s Smart Substation business.

“With the launch of our new platform of Distribution Automation Controllers and our recent acquisition of FMC-Tech Inc., which brings Power Line Sensing capabilities to our growing portfolio of distribution automation solutions, we are able to provide distribution utilities with the key building blocks required to effectively manage their critical distribution assets, ensuring improved grid efficiency and reliability”. When deployed as part of a voltage and VAR control solution that includes voltage regulators and capacitor banks, GE’s DA Controllers provide utilities with the advanced technologies to optimize grid efficiency through peak load shaving and reduced power losses. They also provide asset visualization through advanced power quality measurements.

GE’s DA Controllers provide fast and accurate detection of power system outages reducing typical outage time from hours to minutes. This capability helps drive increased power system reliability, customer satisfaction and provides significant improvement to a utility’s performance indices.