Reliability Improvements in Distribution Systems
The analysis covers all of the SGIG projects that are deploying smart systems on electric distribution circuits for automated feeder switching, equipment health monitoring, and AMI-connected outage notification through smart switches, line monitors, reclosers, and controls to limit the scope, frequency and duration of power outages.
The key analysis question concerns how and to what extent does smart grid technologies improve distribution system reliability by reducing outage duration and the number of customers affected? Analysis objectives include:
- Determining the reduction in outage duration and scope within distribution systems through the application of technologies used to identify outages and reconfigure faulted segments of distribution feeders.
- Determining the effect on reliability from equipment health monitoring technologies.
- Determining technology configurations that are most important for delivering measurable results.