No portion of the electric power grid has been impacted more significantly by the Smart Grid concept than the electric distribution system. In the past, the distribution portion of the system received little attention compared to transmission and generation systems unless the lights went out. Since the dawn of the smart grid era, many electric distribution utilities have transitioned from (or are in the process of transitioning from) a mostly manual, paper-driven business process to electronic computer and communication-based decision support and control systems. At the center of attention is the Distribution Management System (DMS), which will almost certainly play a major role in the future as smart grid roadmaps become reality.
This report explains how electric utilities can successfully plan, implement and use DMS effectively to accomplish the desired objectives. This report provides a roadmap that electric distribution utilities can use as a guide in performing key DMS implementation activities starting with project inception to DMS contract award.