Electric utilities are finding it increasingly necessary to better monitor, analyze and control their distribution systems. Planning and operation of the grid is increasing in complexity on one hand but subject to ever more binding constraints on the other. Real-time analysis is being seen as necessary to achieve acceptable operational efficiencies and quality of service. In this paper the authors deal the following:
• Discuss why real-time analysis is needed and useful;
• Define what real-time analysis is;
• Describe how real time analysis might be made to work for rural transmission and distribution utilities; and
• Outline a pilot project being planned at Owen Electric Cooperative in Kentucky.
This information was submitted by Steven Collier, Vice President, Business Development, Milsoft Utility Solutions on 12/14/2010.