Years in the making, OPPD’s first foray into smart grid and distribution automation technology is ready to be tested.
And the large team that has worked on the project is eager to start realizing the benefits that the technology yields, both for today’s grid and the future.
A four-square mile section of north Omaha now has some smart meters, distribution automation devices including smart reclosers and other smart infrastructure ready to deliver instant information and manage real-time any disruptions to the system. The infrastructure in place can communicate back and forth and control field devices without direct intervention.
Customers in the area will see minimized outage times among other benefits, including better power quality, said Videgla Sekpe, Transmission & Distribution project manager. The project is permanent in that area, allowing for long-term benefits, said Aaron Smith, Director of Operations at OPPD.
Plus, the area where it has been installed is an older area of Omaha with many mature trees and above-ground lines, making it the ideal area for testing. OPPD officials are excited about the future of the system and the potential benefits to the power grid.