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US 'smart grid' firm working with PEA

US-based Trilliant is further expanding its smart-grid projects with leading Southeast Asian utilities Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) in Thailand, Tenaga Nasional (TNB) in Malaysia and Manila Electric Company (Meralco) in the Philippines.

This plan was made public at Asian Utility Week, Asia's premier annual smart grid/smart energy conference.

Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines are all members of Asean, whose 10 countries represent a population of about 600 million and a growing gross domestic product of about US$2.3 trillion (Bt74 quadrillion).

As part of the Asean 2020 Vision, the member nations vow to establish interconnecting arrangements in the field of energy, electricity, natural gas and water within Asean, promote cooperation in energy efficiency and conservation, and develop more new and renewable energy resources.

Smart grids can be the one enabler that will help these countries modernise their energy infrastructure in the 21st century to meet these goals. It is within this strategic context that Trilliant continues to partner with the leading utilities and other important stakeholders in Asean to help Southeast Asian countries achieve affordable, secure and clean energy supplies to meet and sustain their economic growth.

As a leading smart-grid-platform company that has helped utilities and energy retailers succeed globally, Trilliant says it understands that there is no one-size-fits-all solution, and each utility has different business drivers, regulatory environments and service territories.

PEA, the largest utility in Thailand, providing electricity to more than 16 million customers, is working towards a long-term road map to modernise the electrical infrastructure to provide more reliable and efficient energy to its consumers across 99.4 per cent of the country.

Trilliant also in Malaysia

Trilliant was recently chosen by PEA to provide the broadband mesh communications for automation of the utility's smart-substation pilot project.

"This project showcases how smart-grid technology can help utilities deliver tangible benefits such as better quality and reliability, but also it gives us the flexibility to provide multiple other applications over the same infrastructure in the future," said Pantong Thinsatit, deputy manager of PEA's System Management Centre.

"We are excited to partner with Trilliant and others for this ongoing project."

In Malaysia, TNB, the nation's largest utility, serving more than 8 million customers, is seeking to deliver consumer benefits such as better insight and control of energy consumption, improved reliability and enhanced energy efficiency, while meeting demand growth of 4-5 per cent and meeting the country's commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 40 per cent by 2020.

TNB recently chose Trilliant as one of the technology partners in Malaysia's first advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) smart-grid pilot in Melaka state.

In the Philippines, Trilliant, as one of the technology partners, helps Meralco deploy an AMI pre-pay solution. AMI is part of Meralco's long-term smart-grid vision of integrating "smart intelligence and advanced solutions" into the electric network to provide consumers with real-time information, energy management capabilities and improved quality and reliability of power supply.

"We continue to look for innovative ways to deliver superior service to our customers through information empowerment, consumption management capabilities and diversity of energy-related services," said Bartosz Wojszczyk, head of strategy and innovation at Meralco.

Bryan Spear, Trilliant's managing director for the Asia-Pacific region, said: "We are honoured to work with some of the most prestigious utilities in Southeast Asia.

"We look forward to our continued successful collaborations with these leading utilities, and other important stakeholders in the region, to build smart energy infrastructure that will help deliver benefits to their countries and societies."


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