Distribution Management Systems

  • Apr 07, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    About a year and a half ago, we started a simple interview series titled “utility2utility.” The premise was honest: Allow our utility audience to exchange info and advice directly to each other about projects they are working on and trends they see washing over the industry. The response was overwhelming. We’ve interviewed nearly 30 utilities from the UK to Brazil to Guam, and the series is now our most popular one in the library. 

  • Mar 27, 2014 | Dr. Nokhum Markushevich
    The notion about the near-real-time information exchange between the Energy Management Systems of advanced microgrids and Distribution Management System of the area Electric Power System and some examples supporting this notion were introduced in 'What will the Microgrids and EPS Talk about? Part 1'. Several other examples illustrating the need in advanced analyses are presented here.
  • Mar 25, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Wanda Reder, chair of IEEE's Smart Grid Taskforce, and Noel Schulz, president of IEEE's Power & Energy Society, answer questions about industry changes, evolution within IEEE and the role of women in both.

  • Mar 20, 2014 | Dr. Nokhum Markushevich
    The Distribution Management Systems (DMS) of Electric Power Systems (EPS) with a high penetration of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) will require near-real-time two-way information exchanges with advanced microgrids connected to the distribution system to adequately perform their advanced applications.
  • Mar 19, 2014 | Chris Evanich
    A typical distribution circuit is most susceptible to outages from weather, lightning and automobile accidents which are measured by Customer Minutes Interrupted (CMI) and relate to the System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI). Adding Faulted Circuit Indicators to existing distribution switches is an economical way to automate and improve an electrical circuit's reliability.
  • Mar 01, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's TechAdvantage conference and expo this week features details about the Cooperative Research Network's $33.9 million matching research grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to deploy more than 250,000 smart grid components at 23 cooperatives in twelve states.

  • Feb 10, 2014 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Jack Azagury, global managing director for Accenture Smart Grid Services and the author of Accenture’s Digitally Enabled Grid research, asks and answers one question for you: Are utilities underestimating the impact of new technologies and new entrants?

  • Dec 17, 2013 | Mike Smith

    Mike Smith analyzes the path to unlocking deeper value in systems, applications and their data to build an enterprise infrastructure that has not only the traditional device and communications in the interoperable design, but also the applications that can create more value. (Information within this article came from a recent webcast, which can be viewed by clicking here.)

  • Nov 21, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    “Interoperability and ‘IT/OT’ integration are becoming very real, tangible initiatives,” said Knowledge conference chairman Mike Smith. “The vision is no longer on the horizon but one that utility leaders are starting to implement.”

  • Nov 13, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    Anjan Bose, an IEEE Smart Grid Technical Expert and an IEEE Fellow well-known for his research on the operation and control of the electric power grid, reveals three key issues the industry must address if it wants to guide the smart grid evolution and accelerate its pace.

  • Nov 03, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    “The Internet of Things” consists of a wide range of Internet-connected devices. The true value of this is realized when these intelligent devices communicate and share data with each other and the cloud. That uncovers information and the resulting actionable insight can transform business, according to Intel.

  • Oct 23, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    E.ON is one of the world’s largest utilities serving more than 26 million customers in over 30 countries. They keep ahead of trends through a smart grid control center in Sweden where they can examine, experiment and see the interplay of technology before field trials. We spoke to Peter Sigenstam, vice president and head of E.ON Innovation Centre Distribution about the center and its purpose. (This is part two of a two-part series. Read part one here.)

  • Oct 16, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    E.ON is one of the world’s largest utilities serving more than 26 million customers in over 30 countries (including the UK, where we recently profiled their metering program). E.ON keeps ahead of trends through a smart grid control center in Sweden where they can examine, experiment and see the interplay of technology before field trials. We spoke to Peter Sigenstam, vice president and head of E.ON Innovation Centre Distribution, about the center.

  • Oct 11, 2013 | Manish Srivastava
    In today's scenarios when the distribution utilities are struggling to maintain the quality of service to the customer after every unplanned events like Sandy storm, Hurricane etc. which not only disrupts the power line but also huge cost is invested in having these lines fixed as early as possible for the customers, with events like these there need for a solution which would be cost effective and viable.
  • How distributed resources are transforming the electric grid
  • Sep 12, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

     

    The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)  now has a distribution operations center that has the tech savvy to help them oversee the utility's large territory more accurately (and faster) than those old paper maps they once dealt with daily. We spoke to Michael Greenhalgh, SMUD smart grid project manager about the new center and the toys it includes.

     

  • Sep 01, 2013 | Kathleen Wolf Davis

    The power games started for the Mohegan tribe in 1996 when the tribe obtained its federal recognition and decided to go into the gaming business—and, by default, the power business. Keeping that giant casino’s power structure up and running is the responsibility of an eight-man team known as the Mohegan Tribal Utility Authority (MTUA). The team's head of reliability and revenue metering talked to us about the unique aspects of the tribal power biz and how they've never, ever shut their doors due to an outage.