In our last blog post, we looked at 10 key features of a decentralized feeder automation solution, covering everything from cost to scalability. One of those major components is the ability to mount the new technology on an existing SCADA system.
Overhauling a legacy system is a costly process that can take a lot of time. Opt for a feeder automation solution that can integrate with existing software and feed real-time network statuses to your SCADA.
With that said, choosing a feeder automation software that links seamlessly to your existing network architecture reduces deployment time and provides your utility company with a smooth transition. Ideally, you’ll want one that is “plug and play” and doesn’t require an extensive and complex setup process.
Here’s a real world example.
One major Georgia-based power utility made the switch, with the goal of identifying and deploying the best fault location, isolation, and supply restoration (FLISR) technology on the market and eliminating any doubts or uncertainties about what would happen in emergency situations.
After extensive research, they chose CENTRIX
It also opened up the doors to a number of additional ACS capabilities that can be added onto the system at any point, including volt/VAR optimization and distributed energy resource management. Optimizing a system for losses not only provide increased efficiency and reliability, but also result in long-term savings and a significant return on investment.
With over one million customers served to date, the utility company now operates over 763 feeder breakers with more than 2,400 automated devices.
Since rolling out CENTRIX
The big picture?
The utility company’s transition to an auto restoration system not only improved their internal efficiency and achieved their initial goals, but they also received a positive reception from local government and their community of stakeholders. It also provided the company with a chance to teach employees and contractors about how to effectively and safely operate the new technology.
At the end of the day, the deployment of CENTRIX
Learn more about your feeder automation options—read the whitepaper, Centralized and Distributed Intelligence Applications for Feeder Automation.
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