|Siemens and BPL Global Team-up for Comprehensive Smart Grid Solutions||2010-03-14|
ORLANDO, FL and PITTSBURGH, PA – January 06, 2010 – Siemens Energy, Inc and BPL Global (BPLG)
are expanding their relationship in North America to provide the most comprehensive Smart Grid
portfolio in the industry. Siemens is currently an investor in BPLG and a co-marketer of its transformer
monitors, and now Siemens will team with BPLG to integrate and resell BPLG load management and
distributed energy resource management solutions. Siemens and BPLG will integrate BPLG Smart Grid
solutions with Siemens’ distribution automation applications, including its distribution management
system (DMS), SCADA and substation automation solutions.
"Expanding our strategic relationship with Siemens as an investor and partner provides a comprehensive
Smart Grid solution for electric utilities," said Keith Schaefer, CEO of BPL Global. "This is essential to
meet the step-change in market demand catalyzed by ARRA funding. Combining the unparalleled
market presence and solution breadth of Siemens and leading Smart Grid solutions from BPLG positions
both companies to better serve our customers."
BPLG develops and deploys transformational Smart Grid solutions to modernize electric grids worldwide
addressing applications across the grid from the substation to customer premises. BPLG’s demand
management solution integrates software, hardware and services that enable the utility to directly
manage non-critical load for operational and market monetization needs. The solution provides electric
utilities with direct control of dispatchable load with predictable and verifiable management of
individual loads. BPLG is uniquely positioned as a first mover in integrating management of distributed
energy resources, including renewable generation, distributed generation, energy storage and load into
a single, controllable system. Collaborative management of these diverse assets allows electric utilities
to optimize reliability, efficiency, economic and environmental goals.
Siemens has Smart Grid solutions along the entire energy conversion chain from planning and consulting
to the products and services required to enable the grid to operate intelligently. And Siemens also
incorporates solutions for commercial and industrial applications as well as smart homes, including
building automation, IT systems integration, advanced lighting technology and energy efficient
appliances, for a comprehensive Smart Grid solution.
"Working with innovative partners like BPLG allows Siemens to strengthen our Smart Grid solutions, a
portfolio unmatched by any supplier in the industry," said Mike Edmonds, vice president, Energy
Automation, Siemens Energy, Inc. "Power SG Smart Grid solutions from BPLG enable Siemens to provide
direct load management and distributed energy resource management integrated with our distribution
automation solutions. This link will enable utilities to add controllable demand management to their
smart grid deployments, creating enhanced value for distribution network operations."
Through the expanded relationship, Siemens and BPLG have increased capabilities to connect utilities
and their customers and integrate intelligence throughout the distribution grid, improving grid reliability
and efficiency, as well as reducing the environmental impact.
About BPL Global
BPL Global, Ltd. (BPLG) is a smart grid technology company dedicated to leading the transformation of
energy efficiency and reliability. The company provides software solutions and services to electric
utilities and energy service companies enabling an intelligent grid to more efficiently manage demand,
integrate distributed energy resources, improve service reliability, and optimize cost and capital
productivity. BPL Global partners with local utilities, Internet service providers, equipment suppliers and
financiers to create end-to-end solutions integrating the best in software, communications, hardware
and managed services to aggressively deploy smart grid solutions around the world. Part of the clean
technology sector of the electric utility industry, our applications provide the critical foundation for a
coordinated, intelligent grid to deliver energy more efficiently and reliably for a greener environment.
The Siemens Energy Sector is the world’s leading supplier of a complete spectrum of products, services
and solutions for the generation, transmission and distribution of power and for the extraction,
conversion and transport of oil and gas. In fiscal 2009 (ended September 30), the Energy Sector had
revenues of approximately EUR25.8 billion and received new orders totaling approximately EUR30
billion and posted a profit of EUR3.3 billion. On September 30, 2009, the Energy Sector had a work force
of approximately 85,100. Further information is available at: www.siemens.com/energy.
About BPL Africa
BPL Africa is a smart grid company, whose main ambition is to take a leading role in addressing two major Africa's needs, energy delivery and education. BPL Africa offers a unique combination of solutions for this continent in energy efficiency and management, solar energy generation , renewable energy storage, electrification of the off-grid areas with energy islands, electrical network optimization via microgrids, sustainable power supply for rural area computer education.
BPL Africa benefits from the exclusive partnership with BPL Global®, the world leader in Smart Grid Technology. Among other partners figure the best of the breed software and hardware manufacturers, power engineering and telecommunications experts and robust financial institutions. As all our Smart Grid solutions are parts of the clean technology sector, we work and live for a greener environment!