Vermont Electric Power Co. (VELCO) and IBM have entered into an agreement to build an intelligent fiber-optic and Carrier Ethernet communications and control network across the state of Vermont. Spanning more than 1,000 miles (1,609 km), this advanced fiber communications network will connect transmission substations to Vermont's distribution utilities, delivering reliable electric service and the capabilities required for the state's future smart grid.

IBM will provide project management and networking services, part of its Intelligent Utility Network solution, to help VELCO improve the state's electric infrastructure. This new system provides the communications capability to relay information back to the utility about usage, voltage, existing or potential outages, and equipment performance. Fiber transport and Carrier Ethernet systems will ensure reliability and security of the transmission network and allow utilities to improve power quality and avoid power outages or resolve them faster.

For more information, visit smartgrid.velco.com.