Best Way to Minimize Outages

By: Ganesh Ramjit, Survalent Technology

2015 01 minimize outgaesOver the last decade, the variety and growth of power grids in the United States have seen a tremendous upward trend with advances in technology. Implementing these new innovations has brought about a strong dependency on this infrastructure to provide power to homes and businesses across the country and failure can result in catastrophic loss. Thus, the importance of efficiency in the electrical utilities industry has become an essential part of daily upkeep.

As the power grid continues to evolve to a more complex structure than ever before, the role of power failures when it occurs will see a similar convolution as well. Regardless if it is the forces of nature, equipment failure and human intervention, maintaining an efficient power system is something all electrical utilities have to prioritize to keep at a minimum. There will be a growing number of requirements being demanded by utility companies in order to ensure reliability. The reality of the matter is that there are a large number of utilities with an aging infrastructure, and for most, they will need guidance to stay on the correct path of outage prevention.

What Utilities Want From ADMS

By: Mike Roth, Survalent Technology

2014-11-what-utilities-want-from-admsMeeting the energy demands of a growing and increasingly complex global situation requires innovative approaches. The Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) is the latest technology devised to coordinate power supplies, conserve electricity and conform to the changing needs of consumers all at the same time.

The Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS)

A variety of solutions to recent problems in energy management led to the design of the Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS). In 2013, the GMT Research Group conducted a study to explore the factors that drive the formation of strategies among utility companies. They found that the following factors received a varying amount of attention:

ADMS and the Modern Grid

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By: Edward Kobeszka, Survalent Technology

For the past century electric utilities have developed arguably the most important infrastructure in the United States, the electric power grid. It cannot be argued that it’s proven to be an incredible system, servicing hundreds of millions of people and keeping our homes and business powered so successfully it’s almost taken for granted. However, as the grid evolves challenges are beginning to emerge. Utilities must stay ahead of these issues to sustain its standard and meet the high expectations their customers have relished for so long.

Finding An Outage Without The Scream Test

By: Paul Stirpe, Survalent Technology

2014-09-scream-testMany people in the industrial world used to use a method called the scream test to determine problems. This particular methodology is efficient at driving home the urgency of a service issue. It is even very easy to implement. The scream test goes like this: when you have an outage, the customer calls up and screams at you.

As ludicrous as this may seem, many organizations still have this as their main source of customer interaction. Those organizations fail to recognize that behind one yelling customer are three quietly seething. Behind those three seething individuals is an industrial regulator dusting off his clipboard / laptop. So, what can a pro-active, hardworking utility provider do to solve this dilemma?

The Importance of the Smart Grid for Efficient Electricity Production

By: Ganesh Ramjit, Survalent Technology

adms-smart-girdA smart grid is an interconnected web of data collection devices and management applications that provide real-time information about the infrastructure of the electrical grid. It enables electrical utilities to better manage their power generation assets, fix faults faster, anticipate peak demands on the network, reduce capital expenditure, and improve reliability. One of the most important benefits of the smart grid is the ability to integrate smaller distributed energy sources such as those provided by renewable energy.

The smart grid refers to the energy, information, and communication network underlying advanced electricity generation, delivery, and consumption. It enables advanced information metering, monitoring and management. Also, it facilitates the transition from the conventional power grid's physical infrastructure to a digital infrastructure, which is more responsive to customer demands and has the ability to include inputs from a range of power generation sources. Having such information is vital in the role of the electrical utilities today, this information can be used for different types of analysis to meet the demands of not only customers but the regulatory entities of the states.