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System enables first fully SMD-compliant electricity market

ABB Automation Technologies : 11 April, 2003  (New Product)
ABB, announced today it has been awarded a contract with New York ISO to install ABB's SCADA/EMS system and enhance the market operation system to make NYISO the first energy market to meet the requirements outlined by FERC's Standard Market Design. The contract is valued at $20 million, exclusive of hardware.
The project extends ABB's longstanding relationship with NYISO, and includes enhancements to the Security Constrained Unit Commitment algorithm at the heart of the ABB market operation system. The new system is scheduled to be installed for market operation trials at NYISO beginning in November with full implementation slated for April 2004.

'The New York market has been a leader in applying the most advanced technologies, and this project represents a continuation of that,' says Ken Fell, Chief Information Officer at NYISO. Indeed, several aspects of the New York market have been incorporated into FERC's vision, notably SMD's call for energy and ancillary service markets to be cleared simultaneously. 'ABB has been our partner in developing these capabilities since the ISO's inception, and we're pleased to continue that relationship,' says Fell.

New York's day-ahead market is the largest among restructured energy markets-clearing more business in terms of dollar value than any other in the world-and the IT systems behind it are arguably the most robust, having experienced no significant problems since the market opened. With this new project, NYISO and ABB turn their attention to building the industry's best real-time market. NYISO's selection of ABB to augment the market operation system with its SCADA/EMS component was based on the company's track record for on-time delivery and its experience in managing large, time-critical projects.

'We're very proud of the relationship we've been able to maintain with NYISO,' notes Hisham Othman, Vice President and General Manager of ABB's Network Management unit. 'New York has been in the vanguard of energy market restructuring, and we are especially pleased to help them meet the requirements set out by the SMD.'

The New York ISO ( is a not-for-profit corporation established in 1999 to facilitate the restructuring of New York State's electric industry. Based in New York's Capital Region, in addition to administering the State's wholesale energy markets, the NYISO operates the State's high voltage electric transmission system. Last year, the NYISO's market volume exceeded $5.2 billion.
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