Tomorrow’s electricity grid, today

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Years in the making, the first OPPD 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.

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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.

Jason Kuiper

About Jason Kuiper

Jason Kuiper joined OPPD as a communications specialist in 2015. He formerly worked as a staff writer and reporter at the Omaha World-Herald.

2 thoughts on “Tomorrow’s electricity grid, today”

  1. Too bad this is the most likely area without pushback as well……they don’t have a clue what health problems this infrastructure is going to bring them.

    1. Thanks for the comment. There aren’t any known health-threatening implications to this technology as our mission is to provide reliable power to our customers. Additionally, the AMI meters included in our project are only piloted at a few non-residential customer locations.

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