Distribution Automation, A Rural Cooperatives Journey
Learn how Amicalola EMC approached the plan for system reliability improvement. This started by a decision to invest in Distribution Automation, followed by putting together a plan. Once the plan was in place, vendor and system selection took place. Through the following months, the vendors worked to deliver the components, and then the onsite installation, setup, and testing began. A couple more months were involved with focus on setup, integration, and testing of all the various components, which involved several iterations until the systems worked together as desired. Once there was a working system, it was time to train the employees, which was accomplished via a fully functional demo yard consisting of 5 poles, each with a recloser installed, and constructed to mirror the live field conditions. With training complete, the rollout began. This presentation will cover the rollout progress to date, and plan to completion. **Desire to present at the conference next year with a follow up presentation on the rollout year to date, the remaining rollout, the % improvement in reliability over the past year, lessons learned, etc..
Cody McFarland & Barry Satterfield, Amicalola + Sam Mullinax, Southern States
Sapelo/Cumberland Ballrooms, 1st Floor