Austin Energy

Taking a multifaceted approach to better energy management

Published on 20-Feb-2012

Validated on 15 Aug 2013

Customer:
Austin Energy

Industry:
Energy & Utilities

Deployment country:
United States

Solution:
Business Integration, Business Process Management (BPM), Industry Framework , Openness, Product & Service Innovation, RSI solution, Service Management, Service Oriented Architecture, Smart Work, Smarter Planet

Smarter Planet:
Smart Products, Smarter Energy

IBM Business Partner:
Ascendant Technology

Overview

Austin Energy, headquartered in Austin, Texas, is the nation’s ninth-largest community-owned electric utility. Serving 360,000 customers and a population of more than 800,000, the company provides service within Texas for the City of Austin, Travis County and a small portion of Williamson County. As a publicly owned power company and a city department, Austin Energy powers the capital city of Texas through a diverse generation mix, including nuclear, coal, natural gas and renewable energy sources.

Business need:
Seeking to improve service and reliability, Austin Energy saw the need and opportunity to transform how it delivers electricity. For this vision to become a reality, the company first had to build a strong technology foundation with the ability to accommodate not only current goals and initiatives, but also growth and new projects far into the future.

Solution:
Austin Energy partnered with IBM to create one of the United States’ first Intelligent Utility Networks with the ability to manage the grid to an unprecedented degree. Hundreds of thousands of energy grid assets and devices on the network are monitored and controlled centrally, creating a self-healing capability.

Benefits:
· The gathering of new, never-before-available information using devices such as smart meters and substation sensors, combined with best practices, enables Austin Energy to monitor consumption, reduce energy usage and respond to outages far more quickly · Savings of over 660 megawatts of electricity, with better management of peak loads · Employs a powerful software platform for development, management and operations, enabling better service levels

Case Study

Austin Energy, headquartered in Austin, Texas, is the nation’s ninth-largest community-owned electric utility. Serving 360,000 customers and a population of more than 800,000, the company provides service within Texas for the City of Austin, Travis County and a small portion of Williamson County. As a publicly owned power company and a city department, Austin Energy powers the capital city of Texas through a diverse generation mix, including nuclear, coal, natural gas and renewable energy sources.

The Opportunity
Seeking to improve service and reliability, Austin Energy saw the need and opportunity to transform how it delivers electricity. For this vision to become a reality, the company first had to build a strong technology foundation with the ability to accommodate not only current goals and initiatives, but also growth and new projects far into the future.

What Makes It Smarter
Austin Energy partnered with IBM to create one of the United States’ first Intelligent Utility Networks with the ability to manage the grid to an unprecedented degree. Hundreds of thousands of energy grid assets and devices on the network are monitored and controlled centrally, creating a self-healing capability.

Real Business Results
· The gathering of new, never-before-available information using devices such as smart meters and substation sensors, combined with best practices, enables Austin Energy to monitor consumption, reduce energy usage and respond to outages far more quickly
· Savings of over 660 megawatts of electricity, with better management of peak loads
· Employs a powerful software platform for development, management and operations, enabling better service levels

For more information
Please contact your IBM sales representative or IBM Business Partner. Visit us at: ibm.com/energy
To learn more about Austin Energy, visit: www.austinenergy.com

Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Software:
IBM Web Content Manager, Rational ClearCase, WebSphere Process Server, Tivoli Access Manager for Business Integration, WebSphere Enterprise Service Bus, Tivoli Directory Integrator, WebSphere Business Modeler, Tivoli Identity Manager, WebSphere Application Server, Rational ClearQuest, Rational Software Architect, Rational RequisitePro

Service:
ISSC - Lab Services , Rational Services

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