Technology from Emerson to Help Manage Clean Energy in California

Ovation™ system enables EDF Renewable Energy to optimize flow of power to electrical grid

PITTSBURGH--Emerson Process Management, a global business of Emerson (NYSE: EMR), has been selected to provide its Ovation™ control and optimization technology for two renewable energy projects being developed by EDF Renewable Energy, the U.S. unit of French energy company EDF Energies Nouvelles. The contract was awarded by global engineering, project management, and construction company Bechtel.


The 110-megawatt (MW) Catalina Solar and 140-MW Pacific Wind projects are located in Kern County, California.

Emerson's Ovation system will play a key role in adjusting electrical output as directed by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) – a task that is becoming more important as renewable energy sources provide an increasing share of electricity to the grid. For example, if CAISO needs to curtail the output of the coordinated operation to maintain grid stability, the Ovation system will calculate the most economical way to achieve the new megawatt target.

"Utility-scale production of renewable energy brings unique challenges," said Steve Sonnenberg, president, Emerson Process Management. "Experience has shown us how to help our customers meet those challenges so they can maximize return on their investments. We welcome the opportunity to put our technology and expertise to work for EDF Renewable Energy."

About Emerson Process Management

Emerson Process Management (www.EmersonProcess.com), an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the power, water and wastewater treatment, chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, mining and metals, food and beverage, life sciences and other industries. Emerson brands include PlantWeb™, Ovation™, Scenario™, SmartProcess™, SureService™, Syncade™, DeltaV™, Fisher®, Micro Motion®, Rosemount®, Daniel™, and AMS Suite.

About Emerson

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2012 were $24.4 billion. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.

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