Harnessing the Power of Voltage Analytics to Stop Electricity Theft and Create a Safer, More Efficient Grid
- Mar 24, 2020 12:34 am GMT
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Voltage analytics has been proven to quickly and efficiently stop power diversion by comparing the difference in the relationship between voltage and kilowatts per hours (kWh) in a properly functioning meter to that in a meter with a diversion or other problem. A few utilities have been implementing voltage analytics for the past several years, but they have been limited to using the approach manually. This has been very slow and time-consuming, and generally conducted on a transformer-by-transformer basis rather than in any sort of holistic way across the entire infrastructure.
Meanwhile, diverted loads that are often hidden behind walls or buried below ground go undetected and continue unabated. Worse, diverted wires with no secondary voltage protection are extremely hazardous -- any type of short on the utility side of the meter has the potential to arc and continue to burn, since there are no breakers for auto shut-off. This dangerous lack of visibility can be solved by automating the voltage analytics process to deliver faster results and a more comprehensive view, while enabling voltage analytics to scale across any size of utility. Perhaps most importantly, this model ensures that problems are identified in near-real-time, before they impact revenues or, worse, create a safety risk that leads to injury or death.
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