Utilities historically have had limited insight into the condition of the distribution grid, despite this being where a majority of outages originate. In the absence of distribution-line monitoring devices, grid operators have relied upon static and outdated models for state estimation. However, these protocols are rapidly changing with the implementation of smart meters.
Today, smart meters serve as key assets at the edge of the distribution grid, capable of recording both historical, and real-time data, in turn, enabling utilities to analyze the state of the grid in new ways in order to:
- Measure and baseline performance
- Improve existing distribution operations
- Aid in long-term planning including asset and load management'
- Justify additional investment and quantify ROI
Despite these tangible benefits, many utilities are inundated by data and remain uncertain how to extract additional value from these deployed assets outside of billing operations. In this webinar, Larsh Johnson, CTO and Chris King, Chief Regulatory Officer, of eMeter will discuss opportunities for improving distribution operations through more effective utilization and integration of smart meter data.