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POWERGRID_INTERNATIONAL Volume 7 Issue 2
Today, almost every distribution utility is investing significant capital to automate the processes that deliver electricity to residential and commercial customers. New developments in energy technologies are providing practical opportunities for utilities to better serve customers by applying distribution and substation automation (see Figure 1), advanced automated meter reading, load management and other power systems automation and control technologies.
The DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition celebrated a successful 12th year this past Feb. 27-March 1 in Miami Beach, Fla. As usual, the weather was fantastic, and the discussions in the Miami Beach Convention Center were vital to the future of the electric power industry.
When you push things into smaller and smaller spaces, they tend to get more and more complex. This is true both for electronics and the island-nation where so many electronics come from: Taiwan.
Although IT implementation and integration projects are as varied as the utilities applying them, the goals described by NSTAR and BG&E reveal the overall objectives are the same—utilities want to boost net revenues while also improving service to customers.
A variety of new market forces are creating unprecedented demand for interval meter data. Billing for larger commercial and industrial customers has always depended on it, for example, but now the demands being placed on meter data processing are outstripping the capacity of energy providers’ legacy systems.
TXU Electric & Gas, a subsidiary of Dallas-based global energy services company TXU Corp., serves 2.5 million electricity customers and 1.4 million natural gas customers via its U.S. operations.