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Utilities are Pulling the Future of the Modern Grid Forward by Building Dedicated Private LTE Networks NOW.

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Sales Director, Council Rock

Mr. Burk is a dynamic, results-driven professional with a 20+ year tenure of success in sales, business development, and product marketing into; Tier I, II & III wireline and wireless 5G, 4G...

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This item is part of the Utility Guide to Private LTE - OCTOBER 2022 SPECIAL ISSUE, click here for more

Utilities face new, complicated, and dynamic energy delivery challenges by the day. Investing in a Private LTE Network exclusively dedicated to YOUR organization will mitigate some of these difficulties by increasing efficiency, integrating more effectively with Distributive Energy Resources (DER), facilitating services to reduce carbon emissions, and achieving higher levels of security.

A New Set of Energy Challenges Is On The Horizon
  • Increased Adoption of Net Metering: Renewable energy generators are connected to a public-utility power grid and surplus power is transferred onto the grid, allowing customers to offset the cost of power drawn from the utility
  • Increased Production of EV Charging Stations To Meet US Green Goals: 2.4 Million are needed by the year 2030 and must be connected to the grid
  • Climate Change Affecting Power Delivery: recent California heat wave where consumers were discouraged from charging EVs during peak times
  • Billions Earmarked For Federal Infrastructure Investment And Jobs Act: IOUs could seek to build out their fiber networks—specifically for middle-mile projects

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Deliver Energy Efficiently With A Private LTE Network

Solar energy grids are power supply networks that rely on digital communications technologies to analyze and react to usage fluctuations. With more and more residential solar being brought online and integrated into the electrical grid, utilities are challenged to optimize solar usage and predictive modeling based on user consumption, the previous generation, and weather forecasting. When using a private network, residential renewable solutions can be designed so that a utility can communicate these complexities over a private network to the device while the consumer information can be carried separately over a public carrier connection or through a public IP, allowing utilities to balance network traffic loads and benefit from multiple networks necessary for critical traffic prioritization.

Integrate Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) Effectively With A Private LTE Network

Distributed energy resources (DER) are playing a central role in transforming energy delivery but their diversity and complexity across a variety of grid conditions highlight the challenges.

  • Utility-scale wind and solar
  • Residential solar panels
  • Electric vehicles and their charging equipment
  • Plus, future technologies

A Private LTE Network strategy will support a device-dense future grid that coordinates energy supply and demand flow with the lowest possible latency and high reliability. A PLTE allows Utilities to truly harness mobility and process data at the edge; maintaining grid integrity and reliability.

Private Network Extended Reach in Rural Areas

The push for greener or renewable energy resources has triggered an expansion of solar and wind farms in rural areas where traditional communications networks are costly to deploy or fail to offer coverage because of terrain. Rural renewable energy assets need to be fully integrated into the utilities’ grid with SCADA control.  Deploying a private network can address these hard to reach areas using lower frequencies for better propagation and foliage penetration to high power transmitters on specific bands such as Band 8, 14 and 48.

Achieve Higher Levels Of Security With A Private LTE Network

Every new DER, EV charging station, and renewable energy deployment is an access point to a utility’s critical communications network. Security is mandatory. From physical device security to OS security, to the network that provides the communications and control–utilities must consider security at every stage. Deploy a private wireless network to proactively defend critical energy infrastructure from multi-stage, cyber-physical threats.

Deploy A Private Network And Avoid Commingling Your Critical Communications With A Precarious Public Spectrum.

Your business requires modern communication technology to ensure better performance, a guarantee of network access at all times, and the ability to secure the network from intrusions and breaches. Private Wireless communication addresses most deployment scenarios effectively and efficiently, with only rare incidents of prohibitive terrain. Plus, as more spectrum is rebranded for LTE-, 5G- and CBRS-use, greater distances and signal penetration can be achieved.

The Power of Connectivity

Council Rock uses True Edge Computing to enable mission-critical use cases in the areas of intelligent transportation, smart grids, renewable energy, smart campuses, and smart cities. We have the insights, expertise, and can manage the entire process beginning-to-end with a full suite of communication solutions–we design, develop, and deploy secure Private LTE Networks.


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