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POWERGRID_INTERNATIONAL Volume 5 Issue 1
Detroit Edison Co. (DECo), like many utilities, had an efficient method of circuit protection, but new thinking and an effort known as the Recloser Team Supply Chain Initiative is improving that circuit protection method and also lowering costs.
In late 1998, Carolina Power & Light Co. (CP&L), Raleigh, N.C., began design and development of a new meter data collection and management system called "Advanced Access & Automation" or A3. The project was initiated to turn a problem into an opportunity.
When GIS arrived on the scene some 20 years ago, it was regarded as little more than a broad-brush planning tool with limited sources and applications. Its ability to look at information with a locational component, of course, made it ideal for demographic background research.
When DistribuTECH 2000 hits Miami Beach in late February/ early March, it will mark the 10th anniversary of the utility industry's leading conference on information technology, distribution automation, competitive business strategies and customer satisfaction.
As the electric utility industry deregulates and its metering and billing functions are opened to competition, numerous disparate entities must aggregate and disseminate revenue cycle information among themselves.
When Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) decided a GIS mapping solution would enable the utility to better serve its 420,000 customers with accurate, up-to-date maps, IPL conducted a feasibility study to determine the best type of system for the company.