What happened at DistribuTECH 2014: Siemens recap

Published: Mon 03 Mar 2014
A blog entry by Smart Grid Watch

Contributed by:

Smart Grid Watch
Smart Grid Blog

Smart Grid Watch's Blog

This year's DistribuTECH, a leading utility industry event focused on power distribution, covered many hot topics in the global utility industry -- automation and control systems, energy efficiency, demand response, renewable energy integration, smart metering, grid operations and reliability, power delivery equipment, commercial and industrial energy management technology and water utility technology.

An overarching theme that emerged from this conference was the importance and ubiquity of data analytics. Usman Sindhu, Siemens Senior Product Marketing Specialist, reflects on six reasons why utility professionals should care about data analytics.

Several DistribuTECH sessions included Siemens experts as speakers. Some have co-authored papers which are published in the DistribuTECH 2014 proceedings, available to conference attendees.

Video interviews with key Siemens personnel and clients at DistribuTECH:


The Siemens booth (#1647) offered live demonstrations of how smart grid technology helps utilities address real-world problems, such as how to respond to outages during severe weather. 

Key topics at the Siemens booth were:

- Spectrum Power ADMS. This advanced distribution management system can help North American utilities monitor and manage their distribution networks better than ever before. See Spectrum Power ADMS press release.

- EnergyIP Grid Application Platform,  from eMeter, a Siemens Business. A recent Gartner Group "Magic Quadrant" report named eMeter a leader in the meter data management industry. Two new EnergyIP applications are Equipment Load Management and Grid Data Vault

- Smart Grid Compass, the Siemens methodology to help utilities (such as New Brunswick Power) transform their operations and business models to thrive in the 21st century 

- Fusesaver, a new class of intelligent, compact and low cost single-phase circuit breakers that minimizes lost customer minutes by protecting lateral line fuses from blowing on transient faults. 

Details about several DistribuTECH sessions and papers featuring Siemens smart grid experts and projects:


1:00-2:30 pm: Enterprise Model Management System at CAISO. Part of this session: Enterprise Information Management and Utility Semantics

3:00-4:30 pm (2 presentations). Network Studies at Wachtendonk: Eyes in the Power Grid, and also Smart Grid Distribution Planning Based on Measurements. Both part of this session: Distributed Energy Resource Integration in Electric Distribution Grids

3:00-4:30 pm: Practical Experiences When Testing Wide-area Protection and Control Systems That Utilize Wireless Communications. Part of this session: Innovations in Substation and Power Distribution Communications


9:30-11:00 am: Design and Implementation of a Communication Network to Support Real-time Distribution Feeder Automation. Part of session: Advanced Technologies at Rural Electric Cooperatives

9:30-11:00 am: Improved Distribution Fault Location at Oncor. Part of this session: Automated Fault Detection, Isolation and Restoration

When the Unexpected Happens, Siemens Answers. 11:45 am - noon, and 4-4:15pm. Demo presentation, Siemens booth #1647.


8:30-10:00 am: Driving Innovation through Proof-of-Concept Projects. Part of this session: Theft Identification with Smart Meter Data

10:30 am - noon: Innovative Approach to Develop Smart Grid Analytics Capability: Why Utilities Need to Get a Better Handle on Data Volume Before Making Use of Analytics. Part of this session: Big Data and AMI: Making the Most of Analytics

If you attended this event, what were your expectations for DistribuTECH? And what insights or observations did you gain there? Please comment below.

Read more at Smart Grid Watch Blog.