AEP’s gridSMART Pilot Incorporate’s New Feeder Automation Technology

American Electric Power (AEP) is using Cooper Power Systems’ Yukon Feeder Automation technology in its smart grid pilot in South Bend, Ind. The technology was installed on portions of the Indiana Michigan Power distribution system serving about 10,000 customers in the city. Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), an operating company of AEP, serves more than 588,000 customers in Indiana and southwest Michigan.

The Yukon Feeder Automation solution is designed to improve grid reliability by integrating real-time data from the distribution system to detect disturbances and automatically “heal” or reconfigure the system to isolate problems and minimize the total number of customers impacted. The Yukon software platform underlying this solution enables engineers to add and remove intelligent distribution equipment using a configuration tool. In addition, the built-in simulator provides I&M with the ability to optimize system performance under a variety of normal and abnormal power conditions. I&M system managers will also be able to access a complete event log to review grid performance after a disturbance. This is one of a number of field-proven smart grid solutions developed by Cooper Power Systems.

The pilot project in South Bend is the first major rollout of AEP’s gridSMARTSM technologies, a suite of customer programs and advanced technology initiatives intended to introduce consumers to a new era of energy delivery and customer service. Results of the pilot will help provide an indication of other applicable uses of the Yukon Feeder Automation solution within the AEP eleven-state service territory.

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