While advanced transmission network analysis (aka energy management systems) steadily advanced from the 1970s through the 1990s, distribution management systems never enjoyed the same attention, or funding, so it never advanced beyond SCADA, aka D-SCADA. Today, distribution network analysis and automation are more challenging and more advanced in every aspect compared to its transmission brother. Because the functional technology is evolving at such a rapid pace, the resulting complex suite of integrated analysis and automation applications is not well understood by its users.
This course will address the unique challenges that distribution network operation faces and the developments at this stage in the distribution automation evolution. Where is it going? What are the benefits? Who are the users? These questions will be addressed in this course.