Entries by Dalana Morse

Introducing decentralized feeder automation to an existing SCADA

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 […]

10 Critical Features in a Decentralized Feeder Automation Solution

Smart grids and automated network solutions are the future of the power distribution and utility industry.  With streamlined options for fault location, isolation, and service restoration (FLISR) becoming more readily available on the market, it’s important to focus on the features that make up the right solution for your company’s needs.   1. Device Interoperability […]

FLISR from ACS achieves automated restoration at SVEC

Atlanta – May 2, 2018 – Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC), announced that they had their first successful automated restoration occur on March 23rd, following the installation and implementation of their ADMS system provided by Advanced Control Systems (ACS). Automated restoration occurs when there is a permanent fault on the power lines that results in […]

Distribution Automation in Action

An ADMS (Advanced Distribution Management System) is an enterprise software solution that can provide utilities a broad range of smart grid applications including the ability to automate fault location, isolation, and system restoration. Transitioning to an ADMS platform is a major decision for any organization. However, the decision to pursue smart technology to advance a […]

Advanced Control System’s Centrix vs. Irma

Centrix fault detection, isolation and restoration saves 82 million customer minutes in a day. Hurricane Irma challenged the operations of a regional utility with the widest spread storm ever to hit the state in one day. The utility operates an automated feeder restoration system from Advanced Control Systems which detects service faults caused by the […]

PRISM Outage Management System vs. Harvey

How ACS’s pioneering PRISM system handled hurricane force outages In September 2017, Hurricane Harvey blew through Texas, causing damage and widespread power outages. An ACS customer in South Texas provides electrical generation to electric co-ops serving 241,000 members in forty-two South Texas counties, so when power is not available, those 42 counties are without electricity. […]

Going Smart at Scale, from the Start

Building a smart grid with the big picture in mind, including functionality and financials Your smart grid rollout should go live everywhere, right from the start. Most utilities will conduct a cost-benefit analysis before making any major investment in the grid. Therefore, this analysis should recognize two key strategies for a commitment of this magnitude […]

PRISM DERMS demonstration project is accepted

The results data is in for ACS’s EPIC distributed energy resources management system ACS successfully completed, installed and performed the site acceptance test of a full-function Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) solution on August 25, 2017 as part of the California Public Utilities Commission’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program for “applied research and […]

Integration Between Smart Grid DMS and DERMS

Managing a multi-player community of renewable consumers and producers successfully Utility and public interest in renewable integration within distribution networks has rapidly risen in popularity. For the public, general sentiments concerning global warming and the environment have been further stoked by subsidies and economic incentives. Utilities face the technical challenge of anticipating the impact of […]