Are the smart-metering provisions of EPACT 2005 a good thing? The answer, like most things in life, is, “It depends.” Looked at holistically, the opportunity is great. Viewed incrementally, it’s...
Greening the Local Grid
Smart solutions for distributed renewables.
addition to the well-publicized value of automated, self-healing network optimization benefits, specific applications such as improved volt-VAR optimization and integrated OMS capabilities provide significant financial, customer service and operational benefits. While the number of installed DMS installations is small, leading utilities across North America are aggressively pursuing their implementation. As the number of projects increases, the applications created, validated and deployed on these systems will also increase—further increasing their value. The challenge to utilities is to take advantage of the evolving technology opportunities for the sake of the benefits that these solutions offer as well as positioning the electric grid for a very different future.