Outages are expensive for utilities, and problematic or even dangerous for customers. Controlling costs while ensuring high quality of service is a key challenge for utilities.
Siemens has been working with Oncor Electric Delivery (the largest regulated electric delivery company in Texas, and the sixth largest in the U.S.) to develop new ways to use existing data to speed up fault location in distribution systems. This technology helps Oncor reduce power outages and their associated costs, while increasing system reliability.
"Improved distribution fault operation helps utility customers get their lights back on faster following an outage. Also, the utility saves money by dispatching repair crews more efficiently," said Roy Moxley, System Protection Specialist at Siemens.
Moxley co-authored a paper about this technology, which will be presented at DistribuTECH 2014.
This comprehensive technology bridges all components of a distribution network: relays, substation automation, SCADA, the distribution management system operator interface and more.
AT DISTRIBUTECH: Wednesday Jan. 29, 9:30-11:00 am. Siemens' new fault location technology and related topics will be discussed in the session: Automated Fault Detection, Isolation and Restoration. The paper, Improved Distribution Fault Location at Oncor, will be available to DistribuTECH 2014 attendees in the conference proceedings.
More about Siemens at DistribuTECH 2014.
Read more at Smart Grid Watch Blog!