Grid Modernization Needs a New Crystal Ball
- Jun 19, 2020 8:55 pm GMT
This item is part of the Grid Modernization - Pushing Boundaries - Summer 2020 SPECIAL ISSUE, click here for more
By Mike Smith and Mark Konya
Remember the good ol’ days at the utility? The routines for managing generation operations and maintenance were well established and followed a cyclical pattern around load growth and planned outages. The T & D system was managed by operators using SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) and EMS (Energy Management System) that were forklifted out every nine to eleven years with the latest technology. The customer relationship was defined by the monthly bill and inserts. Forecasting was relatively simple and produced results which could be accommodated by planners within allowable capital budgets.
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