PPL Electric Utilities taps ACS for distribution smart grid program

Atlanta, GA, Jan. 11, 2008 — Advanced Control Systems Inc. (ACS) announced that it has successfully installed the first phase of its distribution reliability smart grid program for PPL Electric Utilities. ACS completed installation at PPL of the first network portions of a self-healing smart grid automation program that ACS has branded FASTapps.

FASTapps is a substation platform which supports smart grid real-time feeder and substation automation applications. Such applications are designed to provide the utility industry its first network model-based self healing electric grid solutions for distributed applications.

PPL is working to increase the reliability of its feeders through the application of ACS smart grid technology. FASTapps incorporates an adaptive, model-based approach designed to detect feeder faults resulting in outages to provide isolation and automatic restoration of un-faulted feeder sections.

ACS smart grid solutions are designed to improve:

* Reliability through ‘self healing’ networks incorporating fault detection, isolation and restoration.

* Power quality applying loss minimization to improve power factor.

* Distribution grid efficiency with distribution network load balancing.

* Economics through applications such as Volt Var control to minimize voltage on the feeder network.

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