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Reliability Improvements from the Application of Distribution Automation Technologies- Initial Results
U.S. Department of Energy; Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (OE), is implementing the Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The SGIG program involves 99 projects that are deploying smart grid technologies, tools, and techniques for electric transmission, distribution, advanced metering, and customer systems. Of the 99 SGIG projects, 48 are seeking to improve electric distribution system reliability. In general, these projects seek to achieve one or more of the following distribution reliability objectives: (1) reducing the frequency of both momentary and sustained outages, (2) reducing the duration of outages, and (3) reducing the operations and maintenance costs associated with outage management.
This report presents information about these projects on the types of devices and systems being deployed, deployment progress as of June 30, 2012, expected benefits, and initial results. The report discusses the new capabilities being implemented including enhanced outage detection, automated feeder switching, and remote diagnosis and notification of the condition of distribution equipment. Of the 48 SGIG electric distribution reliability projects, 42 are implementing automated feeder switching making it the most prevalent approach in the SGIG program for
achieving distribution reliability objectives.

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