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POWERGRID_INTERNATIONAL Volume 17 Issue 2
Customers in California have been struggling with questions of whether smart meters are mandatory, safe and, more importantly, why they should have to bear the cost.
In connection with a pilot deployment of approximately 120,000 smart meters communicating through an advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) mesh network, Illinois utility ComEd and Silver Spring Networks (SSN) began a series of simulated outage tests to learn how to integrate this technology with the existing outage management system (OMS).
Preparing the work force to support smart grid application deployment creates many issues. One of those issues is related to the changing field work force needs, especially to support the merger of electrical apparatus infrastructure with communications infrastructure.
As bark beetles silently kill hundreds of thousands of acres of towering trees in the U.S. and Canada, Flathead Electric Cooperative (FEC) operators are growing concerned about what this infestation means to its members in rural Montana. Dead trees along an electric distribution line represent a distinct fire hazard and power outage threat.
One of the biggest challenges (and most important factors) in a utility's AMI deployment project is proper customer communication. According to a recent study by J.D. Power & Associates, customers who are aware of smart grids and smart meters (and their utility's efforts to implement them) are notably more satisfied than are customers without this awareness.
Building a power line and related infrastructure isn't easy. It sounds simple enough: The consumers spread out and need more power, so the utility broadens its range and builds more lines—basic cause and effect.
The system uses cellular radios to remotely monitor and control reclosers, capacitor banks, switch controls, faulted circuit indicators, voltage regulators and voltage monitoring devices on system circuits using industry standard DNP 3.0/IEEE 1815 protocol.
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