San Diego Gas & Electric Company

SDG&E Grid Communication System

Abstract

San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E’s) Grid Communication System (SGCS) project includes the installation of an integrated wireless communication system. The network covers targeted intelligent electronic devices on transmission and distribution poles and other electric assets. The project is making critical communications upgrades at substations and supporting telecom sites, expanding and optimizing the communications infrastructure to support Smart Grid initiatives while increasing system resiliency. The project aims to enhance reliability and reduce outage durations and operations and maintenance costs. SGE&E is implementing two-way communications and applications to (1) allow for the integration of new distribution automation (DA) equipment, (2) provide increased system visibility and identify the scope and location of outages, and (3) prepare for more intelligent end-point devices that support new forms of electric generation such as wind and solar. SDG&E is implementing advanced high-speed wireless communications systems, optimizing and expanding SCADA, and increasing the communications fiber footprint that will allow the utility to remotely monitor, communicate with, and control transmission and distribution equipment. Additionally, the project will improve grid security, reduce operating costs, improve grid resilience, and support future Smart Grid technologies.

Contact Information

Julie Dossett
Program Manager, SGCS
San Diego Gas & Electric
jdossett@semprautilities.com  
www.sdge.com

Keith Nater
Portfolio Manager, IT
San Diego Gas & Electric
knater@semprautilities.com

At-A-Glance
Recipient: San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E Grid Communication System)
HQ State: California
NERC Region: WECC
Total Budget: $59,427,645
Federal Share: $28,115,052
 
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Equipment:
Targeted Benefits:
  • Improved Electric Service Reliability and Power Quality
  • Reduced Costs from Equipment Failures and Distribution Line Losses
  • Reduced Service Costs for Customers
  • Reduced Operating and Maintenance Costs