AWS Power & Utilities Case Studies
Power Generation Case Studies
By moving its billing system to AWS, Haven has seen a 5-6x improvement in performance. Before migrating, Haven’s average response time was 500 milliseconds—but by using AWS, the company now averages 80 milliseconds. The company realized upfront cost savings of at least £250,000 by using AWS instead of making additional investment in their traditional hardware-based infrastructure.
GE Power uses data analytics on AWS to help power plant customers save millions of dollars, stream 500,000 data records per second, and scale to support the ingestion of 20 billion sensor-data tags. The company provides utilities and power companies throughout the world with solutions for power generation. GE Power runs its key data-analytics application on AWS, using Amazon Kinesis Data Streams and Amazon Elastic MapReduce.
Talen Energy is subject to the same security, regulatory, and compliance standards as many Fortune 500 companies, though its nuclear plant sets a unique bar. Talen Energy is subject to approval from two regulatory agencies, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Talen Energy looked at all of the major cloud providers to determine who could best serve their needs. They decided that AWS was the best choice for a number of reasons, but what stood out the most was Talen Energy’s confidence that AWS could meet their operational, regulatory, and security needs through the breadth, depth, and maturity of the platform and people supporting it.
Diversified and Electricity Case Studies
PG&E is using the breadth and depth of AWS services to drive its enterprise migration from legacy IT infrastructure to a cloud-first environment. For more than 150 years, PG&E has provided utility services to millions of customers in Northern and Central California. In addition to using dozens of AWS services including Amazon Aurora, Amazon Kinesis, and Amazon Glacier, PG&E also used the AWS Partner Network to speed its journey to the cloud.
Centrica Connected Home is a great example of lean enterprise in action. Although it’s part of one of the UK’s biggest corporations, it operates in an agile way, learning quickly while delivering a cutting-edge product to hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers. The entire end-to-end infrastructure on which the Hive Platform (Centrica's home automation system) is based—including marketing and support websites, data collection services, and the real-time store for user and analytics data—runs on AWS technologies. The core technologies used to power Hive are Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (Amazon EC2), Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).
By using AWS, Enel has saved 21 percent on computing costs and 60 percent on storage costs, has reduced provisioning time from four weeks to two days, and has transformed its business. Enel is an Italian multinational manufacturer and distributor of electricity and gas that serves 61 million customers. Enel uses AWS as its platform for IoT and energy management.
Essent is the largest energy company in the Netherlands, providing electricity, gas, heat, and other energy services to more than four million customers. The company, an innovator in energy efficiency, created smart meters to help customers monitor how much energy they consume. Data from the meters is automatically sent back to the company via short messages, and Essent uses AWS to handle that data, which is expected to arrive at a rate of 200,000 messages every 10 seconds.
Natural Gas Utilities Case Studies
Scotia Gas Network (SGN)
By migrating to AWS, SGN has become more secure and agile while reducing costs. SGN is a United Kingdom gas-distribution company that manages the distribution network for natural and green gas to almost six million homes and businesses across Scotland and the south of England. The company runs multiple workloads on AWS, including key analytics platforms and mobile applications.
Innogy Czech first migrated its SAP human resources workload to AWS, followed by IS-U, CRM and BO/BW. SAP system requests go through an AWS Direct Connect connection to a VPN Gateway and into an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, where they are received by a private load balancer, which routes the requests to the most capable instance. By running Oracle Enterprise Edition on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances, the IT staff can take advantage of Oracle Secure Backup, which provides database backup, restore, and recovery capability to the system. The backups are stored in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) buckets and will eventually be moved to Amazon Glacier, for ultra-low cost and high durability.
Woodside Petroleum is a global oil & gas company, specializing in liquefied natural gas (LNG), Australia’s largest independent oil & gas company. Woodside uses AWS to implement predictive maintenance; they were able to quickly scale 200K sensors, analyze the data in near real-time, and create a culture of innovation by enabling rapid prototyping with AWS.
The world's largest independent electricity producer, ENGIE is present in 70 countries. With 150,000 employees, it is the world's leading provider of energy services. AWS IoT allows building managers to monitor the real-time operation of any building equipped with sensors and learn how it behaves on a daily basis, to identify anomalies and optimize their operations. 500 buildings are currently connected, with more than 16,000 sensors being analyzed. Eventually, they will scale the application to more than 3,500 connected buildings with 160,000 sensors.
Water and Waste Case Studies
The initial projects by eWATER and Eseye using the IoT solution and AWS Cloud capabilities helped successfully deliver clean water on a 24/7 basis to about 13,000 people in Gambia and Tanzania. The solution provides strong data security through the Eseye AnyNet Secure SIM technology, highly available wireless connections, scalable cloud storage and processing for pump-based data, and cost-effective pricing. It also lets eWATER operate and scale the solution on a pay-as-you-go basis. The company forecasts that the solution may be accessible to as many as 10 million people over the next five years through the instillation of 100,000 more taps.
Veolia Water Technologies reduced operating costs by 90 percent and accessed new opportunities for innovation using AWS. Veolia offers its eight million customers a full range of technologies and services in the design and construction, operation, maintenance, modernization, and management of water-treatment and sanitation systems. After searching for private cloud solutions and faced with the rigidity of this type of structure, Veolia Water France turned to AWS and the public cloud, allowing it to set up virtual data centers and operate its systems without any constraints.
KENT RO Systems Limited (KENT) produces a range of healthcare products for the Indian market, from purifiers to water softeners. The company is supported by a network of 1,500 KENT distributors, 10,000 water-purification-system dealers, and more than 800 KENT franchisees. KENT now has more agility with its CRM solution because of AWS. The company can scale up the CRM environment on demand and, likewise, scale down if necessary. The company also avoids IT-procurement cycles and time-consuming deployment projects.
Founded in 2009, Centratech Systems (CTS) launched in a challenging economic time to address some ongoing challenges in Australia: a persistent water shortage and rising electricity costs. Initially, its business centered on water management—primarily irrigation. CTS has since expanded its solutions to include monitoring and control of pumping systems, field lighting, and other areas. Shifting to the AWS IoT serverless environment and the new smart devices has triggered a critical change in CTS’s cost structure, as the IoT-enabled devices are much less expensive than their predecessors. Because the capital expense of hardware typically limits a customer’s ability to engage with CTS, using devices that are two-thirds as expensive as their predecessors has really expanded CTS’s reach. With the less costly, simpler systems in place, management can now confidently approach smaller councils and agricultural customers, who were previously hesitant to consider CTS’s services due to time and budget constraints.
As an international energy provider of electricity, natural gas, and energy services, ENGIE's mission is to not only provide power through low-carbon, renewable resources but also to be a leading innovator in the space through technology. Measuring business performance became a top priority and challenge, particularly given the variable cost of utilities. So as part of this effort, ENGIE sought to digitally transform and steramline financial services using SAP S/4HANA on AWS. From initial decision-making to the go-live date, the project went smoothly and took only six months.
For Engie, being able to reduce the expected delivery time of its new business framework by two times while upgrading its SAP platform to SAP S/4HANA was immensely beneficial for driving new business outcomes and opportunities. ENGIE has not only saved costs by reducing the size of its HANA databases, the company also achieved cost savings by avoiding the need to procure on-premises hardware on an ongoing basis. “We’ve increased data transparency for our business organizations with continuous financial reporting,” says Langer. “We also drastically reduced the ramp-up time for new users from three days to one day by running SAP S/4HANA on AWS.” ENGIE continues to engage with AWS to optimize its environment and introduce innovation to its platform.