Keeping Up With the Chiefs
I read your recent edition of Utility Automation (Sept./Oct. `96) with a little disappointment that you seemingly focused on a small pilot or test environment relating to automation. You may not know that Kansas City Power & Light along with Cellnet Data Systems and EnergyLine Systems has implemented a networked meter-reading system along with distribution automation.
We have more than 300,000 meters automated and install nearly 2,000 per day. We will have the entire metropolitan K.C. area automated by the end of this year. This system includes the Cellnet network, EnergyLine switching and control devices and a host of software applications to handle backroom operations based on the automated field environment. We get meter readings every five minutes, outage detection, meter tampering alarms, threshold alarms, real-time reads, etc. along with automated monitoring and control of approximately 800 capacitor banks and testing sectional switching. Systems such as AM/FM, trouble management, computer-aided dispatching and CIS are under an integration effort that will be completed in 1997.