The Vermont company that runs much of the electric distribution system in the state is joining with IBM to build a fiber optic control system designed to make the system more efficient and reliable.
The Vermont Electric Power Company and IBM announced Tuesday an agreement to build what's called an intelligent fiber optic communications and control network across the state.
The system will span more than 1,000 miles and connect transmission substations to Vermont's distribution utilities and be part of the smart grid that's being designed.
The companies say IBM will provide project management and networking services. The system will provide the communications capability to relay information back to the utility about usage, existing or potential outages, and equipment performance.