What's next in smart grid?

Learn how to take smart grid strategies from the white board to an action plan in this series of educational webinars.


Improving outage lifecycle management & storm response

Though the source of climate change can be argued, there’s no question that extreme weather events pose serious threats to the electric grid. Whether it’s hurricanes along coastal areas, tornados and powerful thunderstorms in the middle of the country, or ice storms in winter, there’s virtually no place safe from disastrous weather events. A recent study by the U.S. Congressional Research Service estimated the economic impact from storm-related outages to the U.S. economy between $20 billion and $55 billion annually.  

Many utilities have some form of outage management program with the goals of reducing both the frequency and duration of unexpected outages. The panel of experts assembled for this webinar will discuss a lifecycle approach to outage management that helps utilities reduce the economic and societal impact of major storm outages.

Key takeaways:

  • Learn how leveraging your Operations Management System (OMS) with your Distribution Management System (DMS) and your communications infrastructure can improve your fault detection, isolation and restoration schemes
  • Discover how mobile workforce management systems and work and asset management systems can work together to reduce outage time
  • Gain insights on how business intelligence can provide the situational awareness and process improvements to prepare in advance for threatening weather

Smart grid technologies are enabling utilities to be more proactive with outage management. Register and attend this webinar and lean how to leverage existing technologies and software to deploy lifecycle outage management and be better prepared for the next disaster.


How do you out "smart" mother nature?


Addressing the next superstorm: breaking down silos and optimizing the outage lifecycle process

Superstorm Sandy led to one of eleven outages in 2012 that caused over $1 billion in damages. Outages caused by these storms and other emergency events are exposing limitations in current outage management processes and technologies creating dissatisfaction among customers, policy makers and regulators. Over the last year, this dissatisfaction has increasingly resulted in legislative and regulatory initiatives to create incentives and/or punitive measures to connect outage response to utilities’ bottom lines.

 
This webinar will examine approaches and technologies that can improve planning; optimize resource mobilization; and reduce time spent driving to locate outages, manually isolating faults, and evaluating on-site damage by leveraging the convergence operations and information technology across the entire outage lifecycle.

Are you ready for the next super storm?


Grid and asset analytics: measuring for improvement in day to day operations

One of the core capabilities of the smart grid is enabling the two way flow of data in real time. Many of the benefits of the smart grid come when that data is converted to actionable business intelligence that can be used for process improvement and the situational awareness to make quicker, more effective decisions.


In this webinar, a panel of industry experts will discuss the most effective methods for selecting and installing grid analytics systems. Two case studies will be presented on grid operational analytics and asset analytics and how utilities optimized their distribution systems through investments in these programs.

Key takeaways:

  • Learn how utilities can leverage available systems operations data to provide predictive, process-driven decision making that can potentially save millions of operational dollars each year
  • Get an inside look at how utilities are moving from a passive and reactive process of asset management to an active, data-driven automated life-cycle management system
  • Find out how to set up business intelligence dashboards customized by utility function to track and display the KPIs that managers need to make better economic and operational decisions

As utilities make smart grid investments they need to have a plan to use grid and asset analytics to maximize the return on their investments. Register now to attend and learn how to leverage grid and asset analytics to optimize your grid.


Will grid analytics improve daily operations?


Assembling smart grid technologies to meet distribution optimization goals

The promises of the smart grid have included fewer outages with shorter durations, lower demand peaks, decreased carbon emissions, seamless integration of renewables, smarter energy storage, smarter energy choices by consumers, lower energy bills, etc. etc. Yet, while many distributed energy resource technologies exist today to deliver the promises of the smart grid, making these technologies work together can be a huge challenge.

Register and attend this one hour webinar and learn from the industry’s leading experts how the various smart grid technologies work and how to ensure you are making the right decisions on technology, equipment and systems as you implement your smart grid.

Key takeaways from this webinar include:

  • How to utilize Volt/Var optimization as a demand response tool to lower peak demand and decrease capacity costs 
  • How to manage distributed energy resources from a grid operation and market perspective to control distribution feeder voltages, minimize the impact of outages, decrease investments in additional generation, transmission and distribution assets, and capture on return on investment for distributed energy resources
  • Discover how transactive energy is emerging to get the most optimal allocation of distributed energy resources

This webinar will present a holistic view into smart grid strategies to enhance efficiency, responsiveness and profitability across the energy value chain. If you haven’t fully optimized your distribution grid using smart grid technologies, you can’t afford to miss this important event.

How can new technologies improve grid performance?


Leveraging AMI for improved distribution grid management

You’ve made the investment and done the hard work to install AMI. So what’s next? How do you use this existing infrastructure to increase efficiency and reliability on your distribution grid?


ABB and its subsidiaries, Ventyx and Tropos, are helping utilities leverage the data from their existing Meter Data Management System (MDMS) and their existing communications infrastructure with their Distribution Management System (DMS) to improve reliability, increase efficiency and reduce outage time.

Join us for this live webinar where two of the industry’s leading smart grid experts will discuss how you can:

  • Leverage the outage notification and restoration verification from your MDMS to improve outage lifecycle management and storm response
  • Utilize load data from your MDMS to improve grid models for load flow analysis and simulation to improve the results of your volt/var optimization and fault detection restoration and isolation schemes
  • Improve your VVO efficiency and situational awareness by leveraging your AMI systems’ capability to provide voltage measurements
  • Use the AMI data backhaul to enable distribution automation solutions

Register today for this free webinar and learn how to leverage the benefits your AMI infrastructure to lower costs and increase the reliability of your distribution grid.


Can you leverage existing AMI infrastructure for other benefits?


Lessons from the real world: End-to-end asset health

Did you know that most utilities already have enough data to implement an end-to-end asset health solution? Or that the number one hurdle to successful asset health deployments is typically a personnel issue? Utilities are now starting to implement the end-to-end systems that have always been the Holy Grail.

Join this webinar to learn: 

  • The definition of true, "end-to-end" asset management 
  • The three steps to better asset data (plus the step many utilities take that are just a waste of time) 
  • The five-phase process that overcomes the biggest people problem 
  • The most important things to specify when building or buying an asset health solution

How are you managing big data?


Smart grid and tomorrow's new data centers

Energy use is becoming substantially more strategic to data centers and the enterprises they support as budgets get tighter and costs continue to escalate. Fortunately, as America’s electrical infrastructure is being modernized into a “smarter” grid, new energy efficiency practices and innovative technologies enable data center managers more flexibility to manage their power use to maximize data center performance. In this webinar, you will hear from two of the industry’s leading experts in the fields of smart grid technologies and data center infrastructure management. 


Key take-aways:

  • Learn about new technologies that deliver advanced warnings of potential system interruptions that lower operating costs and improve service quality.
  • Discover how to set up a two-way distributed generation system that reduces costly demand response practices during peak periods.
  • Find out how to use new “smart” technologies to power your data centers at a cost at or below today’s electrical costs.

Effectively managing energy as a strategic asset can be a complex challenge, but it also pays big dividends. Join us for this special best practices webinar and discover how to leverage the advancements in smart grid and smart data center technologies to maximize the energy efficiency of your data centers.

Can smart technology lower data center costs?

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