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USTDA Supports Smart Grid Technology Pilot in Turkey



Tuesday, June 16, 2015

(USTDA)  ANKARA, Turkey - Today, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency announced an agreement with Kayseri ve Civari Elektrik T.A.S. (KCETAS), a leading electricity distribution company in Turkey. The agreement supports a pilot project designed to improve the generation, transmission and distribution resources of KCETAS.

The demand for power in KCETAS’ service area continues to grow, particularly due to the expanding number of industrial users. In order to meet this demand, KCETAS has developed a strategy for implementing smart grid technologies that can improve the efficiency of its network.

To support this strategy, USTDA and KCETAS are sponsoring a project that will simultaneously demonstrate the PI system of OSIsoft, LLC (San Leandro, CA) and the Interactive Energy Platform (IEP) of Innovari Inc (Austin, Texas). The PI and IEP systems are separate but complementary: The PI system will offer KCETAS full visibility of its network by collecting and aggregating data from the grid, while the IEP Platform will enable KCETAS to flatten its load curve and manage peak demand in a cost effective and efficient manner by integrating edge-of-grid resources.

“U.S. technology firms offer some of the best smart grid products and services in the world, and we are pleased to connect KCETAS with these companies to improve its electrical grid,” said USTDA Regional Director Carl B. Kress. “We believe this project offers an incredible opportunity for collaboration between data integration and automated demand side management technology firms and Turkish distribution companies, and we are pleased to advance such partnerships.”

The project builds upon USTDA’s strong portfolio of past and ongoing activities in the Turkish transmission and distribution sector. Since 2011, USTDA has sponsored five different activities to support the implementation of smart grid technologies in Turkey, with organizations such as Yesilirmak Elektrik Dagitim A.S. (Yedas), Baskent Elektrik Dagitim A.S., and the Turkish Electricity Transmission Company. USTDA’s strong partnership with Elektrik Dagitim Hizmetleri Dernegi (ELDER), Turkey’s Association of Electricity Distribution Services, has been particularly important to the success of the Agency’s engagement in this sector.