Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) of Glen Allen, Virginia, has chosen to continue its relationship with Open Systems International for ODEC’s next-generation SCADA/Energy Management System (EMS).

ODEC, which first implemented OSI’s monarch SCADA system in 2000, is a wholesale power supplier to 12 not-for-profit member-owned distribution cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. These distribution cooperatives serve over a half million homes and businesses in some of the fastest growing suburban and rural areas of the Mid-Atlantic.

OSI’s new monarch platform will allow ODEC to remain flexible in an ever-changing utility industry and in the face of regulatory changes by providing a modern and secure operations control system based on an open architecture, facilitating upgrades of hardware and software as well as offering a lower recurring maintenance cost.

The new system is based on the latest release of OSI’s monarch distributed open platform and includes Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, Historical Information System, Calculation and Trending subsystems, Web-based Graphical User Interface, ICCP and DNP communications and a Backup Control Center. The architecture will be based on a VMware ESX server configuration. The implementation of OSI’s monarch environment in a virtual VMware environment is an initiative from OSI gaining popular response from IT-centric customers.