GE, a leading provider of digital energy solutions, and CGI, a global information technology and business consulting services company, announced an alliance agreement on Thursday to pursue joint development and implementation of electric grid software in North America.
'This unique partnership bridges information technology and operational technology in the utility industry. GE and CGI will focus on real-time grid operations and controls, critical infrastructure and cybersecurity,' a joint press release read.
According to the statement, grid control is becoming 'an increasing priority' among operators in response to evolving energy needs, including increased renewable generation.
'As a result, utilities around the world are seeking to modernize, integrate and secure their grid control systems,' it said, adding modernizing these systems require advanced technologies, and with greater connectivity comes increased cybersecurity risk.
'Operators must analyze potential risks, monitor for threats in real time, implement defenses and ensure continuity of operations,' the companies noted.
Jim Walsh, CEO of GE Grid Software Solutions, said the energy grid of the future would demand 'an integrated, secure and agile system'.
Mark Boyajian, president of Canada Operations at CGI, added the combination of GE and CGI would help utilities manage complex grids through advanced digital solutions.
'CGI's local delivery centers will provide GE with access to utility experts and best practices in the agile development and integration of grid operation solutions. In addition, our cybersecurity capabilities will help address the increasing threats utilities face as they pursue their digitalization journeys,' he said.
By Hale Turkes