Managing and Supporting the Smart Grid

2/13/2014

When it comes to managing the smart grid, the ability to control a network can be key to ensuring the power system remains both safe and reliable. As grids become more complicated, for instance, due to an influx of electric vehicles, among other reasons, utilities face new challenges to their existing control systems. Luckily, technology solution providers recognize the need to help utilities better manage existing grid loads, while positioning them to take advantage of increased loads as more utilities look to modernize.

GE, www.ge.com, hopes to contribute to a more efficient, reliable smart grid through its PowerOn Advantage ADMS (advanced distribution-management system), which the company says builds on the capabilities of its outage-management and distribution-management systems. In fact, GE’s Digital Energy business says the new ADMS integrates these existing solutions into a “single, yet modular” solution.

The goal is help utilities face new and increasingly complex grid-related challenges by offering enhanced productivity and efficiency through active network optimization and control. PowerOn Advantage will provide utility operators with the situational awareness that is so important to managing a distribution grid. GE says the ADMS encompasses advanced monitoring and control, fault and outage management, and network performance optimization, which give utility managers insight into each step of their operation.


For instance, the ADMS will help automate outage restoration and improve maintenance processes for workers. Multiple users will be able to access realtime network information simultaneously, and users will no longer need to switch between systems to access data, to dispatch crews, and to input status reports, ultimately resulting in increased network efficiencies and improved customer service.

GE also recently announced it has invested in PoGens (Power Generation Services), www.pogens.com, a provider of managed energy services in North America. Through its investment, GE hopes to support the grid-modernization trend as more utilities look to implement grid-management solutions. The company plans to incorporate PoGens’ commercial generation assets into its suite of Grid IQ solutions. Grid IQ is GE’s cloud-based SaaS (software-as-a-service) platform that provides the benefits of a modern grid without the need for utilities to overhaul their existing infrastructure.

As utilities position themselves to meet the energy demands of tomorrow, solutions that can connect a business operation and its machines can help convert mission-critical data into realtime analytical insight. Thanks to this data, and the visibility and insight that come with it, grid operators can make faster, more informed decisions.

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