Schneider Electric, Palatine, Ill., announced on Nov. 11 that Square D Co. has been awarded the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Advanced Electrical Metering project under the Square D General Services Administration (GSA) Contract #GS-07F-9462G. The $24.9 million project, expected to commence before the end of 2009 and mandated to complete within 365 days, will include the design and installation of an integrated, advanced electrical metering system to read, analyze, accumulate and communicate energy data at nearly 1,000 buildings across 169 VA sites nationwide. Managed by the VA National Energy Business Center in Seven Hills, Ohio, the project will help the VA comply with federal energy efficiency requirements outlined in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007) and the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005).
The VA owns more than 5,000 buildings segmented by Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) regions. Twenty VISNs are covered by the project, along with four business administration offices and one headquarters location. The new Advanced Electrical Metering system will be composed of Square D® PowerLogic® advanced energy and power meters and PowerLogic ION® Enterprise Energy Management (EEM) software for data acquisition. All energy and power quality data will be funneled to the primary PowerLogic ION EEM software, which will be hosted remotely by Schneider Electric.