Years in the making, OPPD’s first smart grid and distribution automation technology is ready for testing.
The project team is eager to start realizing the benefits from the technology, 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 can communicate back and forth and control field devices without direct intervention.
Customers in the test 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. It will allow for long-term benefits, said Aaron Smith, Director of Operations at OPPD.
The test area is in an older area of Omaha. Its many mature trees and overhead power lines make it ideal for testing.
OPPD officials are excited about the future of the system and the potential benefits to the power grid.
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