North American Distribution Automation Market Assessment & Outlook 2018-2020

  • ID: 4746629
  • Report
  • Region: North America, United States
  • 74 Pages
  • Newton Evans
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Austin Energy
  • City of Riverside
  • Cowlitz PUD
  • Hydro-Sherbrooke
  • Roseville Electric
  • SMECO
  • MORE

The findings presented in this 74-page report are based on the completion of surveys received from 12 investor-owned utilities, 17 public power utilities, 21 electric cooperatives, and 3 electric utilities in Canada. This utility sample represents electric power service to more than 16 million customers in the US and Canada, amounting to about a 10% sample based on North American customer totals.

About one-half of the utilities in the survey sample consisted of companies providing electricity to at least 100,000 users. A listing of all participating utilities is included at the end of this report. Several of the largest public power and electrical cooperatives participated in this year’s survey.

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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Austin Energy
  • City of Riverside
  • Cowlitz PUD
  • Hydro-Sherbrooke
  • Roseville Electric
  • SMECO
  • MORE
  1. Introduction
  2. Outlook Section for North American Distribution Automation: Trends in DA Investment for 2018-2024
  3. Survey Findings
  4. Please indicate the approximate number of distribution feeders (4kv-38kv) on your system.
  5. Approximately what percentage of all your feeders have SCADA controlled sectionalizing switches installed with an operation that is A) manual B) semi-automatic or C) fully automatic?
  6. Approximately what percentage of all your feeders have or will have Fault Detection Isolation Restoration (FDIR) or Fault Location Isolation Service Restoration (FLISR)?
  7. Approximately what percentage of all your feeders have or will have Volt Var control (VVC), Volt-Var Optimization (VVO), or Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR)?
  8. What is driving your decision for VVO? Check all that apply.
  9. Where is the logic located for FDIR/FLISR on your distribution system?
  10. In the future, where do you anticipate the logic to be located for FDIR/FLISR?
  11. Where is the logic located for Volt/Var control on your distribution system?
  12. In the future, where do you anticipate the logic to be located for Volt/Var control?
  13. Does your utility use automatic fault sensing (AFS) devices (hotline status, fault indicators) in your feeder design?
  14. If you do use automatic fault sensing, do you utilize the status of the communicating automatic fault sensing devices in your distribution automation applications?
  15. Have you integrated any communication/controls for distributed generation (DG) into your DA system architecture?
  16. Are you considering a trial deployment to manage distributed energy resources - DER - (e.g. inverters, energy storage, EV chargers, etc.) within the DA system?
  17. Does your utility integrate sensing and/or Volt/Var control at the LV side of the distribution transformer within the DA system?
  18. Does your utility plan to use sensing and/or Volt/Var control at the LV side of the distribution transformer to support any of the following applications?
  19. What other DA applications use the same telecommunications infrastructure being used by feeder automation?
  20. How are you notified of a feeder main fault event? (Check all that apply)
  21. Does your utility run distributed software applications (like S&C Intelliteam II, L+G Grid Stream; SCADA center product suite, Cooper/Yukon Feeder Automation, G&W/Survalent Lazer Automation)
  22. Do you use a centralized (control center based) tool for communication network management and security management?
  23. Please check any of the following functions you would like to have integrated into a communications/security management tool for MV Feeder Device management (like recloser controller, capacitor bank controllers, remote controlled switch).
  24. Do you currently use (or plan to use) encryption on your communications network for distribution automation?
  25. Do you plan to upgrade the existing Feeder Automation network to a newer, wireless technology that allows for features like higher bandwidth, IP enabled radios (i.e. 4G, LTE or WIMAX) by the end of 2020?
  26. If you do plan on upgrading your Feeder Automaton network, which wireless technology do you plan to use?
  27. In your best estimate, what is your total budget for DA projects for the years 2018-2020?
  28. If possible, please approximate the percentage (%) of that DA budget that applies to FDIR, Integrated VVC, and MV/LV Sensors
  29. For 2018-2020, please estimate what percentages of your total DA expenditures will be allocated among the three categories listed below
  30. Do you currently use/plan to use bi-directional regulators on your system?
  31. Do you currently use/plan to use bi-directional reclosers on your system?
  32. Do you currently use/plan to use dynamic protection (real time modification of protection settings) on your system?
  33. Utilities Participating in the Study
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Companies who participated in this survey:

  • Austin Energy
  • Avista Utilities
  • BGE
  • Carroll EMC
  • Cass County Electric Coop
  • City of Ames - Electric Services
  • City of Medicine Hat
  • City of Riverside
  • Clark Public Utilities
  • Cleveland Utilities
  • Clinton Utilities Board
  • Cobb EMC
  • Commonwealth Edison Company
  • Consumers Energy
  • Cowlitz PUD
  • Dakota Electric Association
  • Duke Energy Progress
  • Energy United
  • Fort Collins utilities
  • Greystone Power Corp
  • Hagerstown Light Department
  • Huntsville Utilities
  • Hydro-Sherbrooke
  • Indianapolis Power and Light
  • Lafayette Utilities System
  • Liberty Utilities Central
  • Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division
  • Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative, Inc
  • Middle Tennessee EMC
  • Midwest Energy Inc
  • Nashville Electric Service
  • NOVEC
  • Omaha Public Power District
  • Orange and Rockland Utilities
  • Ozarks Electric Cooperative
  • Pickwick Electric Cooperative
  • Portland General Electric
  • Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
  • Roseville Electric
  • Rutherford EMC
  • Saint John Energy
  • Salem Electric Dept.
  • Silicon Valley Power
  • Sioux Valley Energy
  • SMECO
  • Snohomish County PUD
  • South Ky RECC
  • United Power, Inc.
  • Unitil
  • Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corp
  • Verendrye Electric Cooperative
  • Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, Inc.
  • Xcel Energy
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