Environmental Protection

Lockheed Martin, Black & Veatch to Help Utilities Upgrade

Lockheed Martin and Black & Veatch have teamed to help utility clients improve the reliability, efficiency and interoperability of the electric power grid and protect it against cyber attacks.

Together, the companies offer a comprehensive suite of integrated technology and communication solutions to help utilities shape projects and request grants being offered by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Smart Grid Investment Grant Program.

The companies have supported several first-round applications and are well-positioned to continue assisting other DOE funding applications, such as the DOE's loan guarantees for employing innovative energy efficiency, renewable energy and advanced transmission and distribution.

"Our nation's power grid is at a crossroads—to support a clean energy future, the grid must smartly and securely manage and distribute a new mix of traditional and alternative energies to users," said Tom Grumbly, vice president, Lockheed Martin Energy & Environmental Services. "With federal grants making Smart Grid a reality, and the opportunity to create new jobs in the process, utilities should not delay in shaping projects to modernize the grid."

Lockheed Martin brings its information management, business process reengineering, and cyber security expertise to the team's offering, as well as modeling and simulation and demand response tools. Black & Veatch designs and constructs telecommunications and transmission and distribution infrastructure, providing complete planning, design and implementation services to utilities.

Black & Veatch and Lockheed Martin will focus on supporting DOE applicants' Smart Grid initiatives for Advanced Metering Infrastructure, Substation and Distribution Automation, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, Distribution Management Systems and Demand Response projects, especially in the areas of interoperability and cyber security.

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