According to a news brief issued yesterday by the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the utility, along with partners in a U.S. Department of Energy-funded project, developed a monitoring and analytics application that uses phasor measurements unit (PMU) data streams to provide a real time assessment of the state’s electric grid stress and forward intelligence about impending problems to system operators.
Electric utilities and Independent System Operators (ISOs) are challenged by the need to include multiple energy resources and integrate renewables and distributed technologies. They lack real-time assessment of grid stress such as voltage and phase angle margins and actions needed to withstand multiple additional contingencies.
The PMU analytics application developed during this project, focusing on utilizing PMU data combined with analytics, provides real-time assessment of the grid in steady state and stress conditions. The application means that grid operators can more quickly detect line outages and grid stress levels including voltage stability margins and phase angle limits, said NYPA in a briefing.
This research initiative is one of many technical innovations being undertaken as part of NYPA’s digital upgrades and overall asset management program. End to end digitization is a key pillar in NYPA’s VISION2030 strategic plan.
The DOE funded the $1.2 million collaborative project developed on EPG’s (Electric Power Group) platform. Demonstration sites included facilities operated by NYPA and Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) based in the Pacific Northwest. The study was coordinated and managed by Atena Darvishi, a senior engineer in NYPA’s Research, Technology Development and Innovation group. Contact Darvishi at the link above for more information on the study.