Pepco Holdings Inc. (PHI) has entered into an enterprise-wide license agreement to deploy a comprehensive grid analytics solution from Landis+Gyr across its mid-Atlantic service territories. The analytics package includes a suite of applications aimed at enhancing asset life, reliability and distribution system optimization.
Data analytics applications
PHI’s operating companies, including Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric, will deploy six different analytics applications for visualization, planning and real-time operational analytics support. Together, the three companies serve approximately 2 million customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland and New Jersey.
The core objective for the project is to provide greater analysis, prediction, optimization, and decision making capabilities. This includes the management of network assets, load balancing, volt/VAR optimization, outage management and restoration, reliability, outage detection, and improved fault isolation and system restoration.
“Grid analytics represent the next step for a utility like our’s that already has access to data across the distribution system and is planning for ways to get the most value for our customers,” said William Gausman, PHI’s Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives. “Our employees will be able to analyze data and visualize planning processes like never before, while monitoring and enhancing our distribution service.”
Improving grid reliability with analytics
In January, Pepco went live with GRIDiant Corporation’s GRIDplan Reliability, an advanced grid management software application for network reliability and improvements analysis.
California-based GRIDiant, a utility analytics company, was acquired by Landis+Gyr in June. At the time, the company said it would integrate GRIDiant’s analytics suite into its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), distribution grid management and cloud-based solutions for utility customers.
PHI’s project represents the first major deployment of the physics-based grid analytics platform enterprise-wide by a utility in North America.
Utilities are aware of the need to analyze the increasing amounts of data being collected but analytics activities are currently lagging. [Engerati-Data Analytics Growth Falls Behind Big Data Growth] However, the increasing value of analytics is being increasingly recognized. [Engerati- The Energy Industry Sees Value in Data Analytics]