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Pepco to introduce Landis+Gyr grid analytics service

Iain Morris
October 28, 2014

Energy utility Pepco Holdings (PHI) is to begin rolling out a grid analytics service from Switzerland’s Landis+Gyr across its service territories in North America.

The deployment has been described by the companies as the first major deployment of its kind in the region, with the analytics package to include a suite of applications aimed at enhancing asset life, reliability and distribution system optimization.

Under the agreement, PHI’s operating companies – including Pepco, Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric – will deploy a variety of analytics applications for visualization, planning and real-time operational analytics support.

The aim of the analytics project will be to provide greater analysis, prediction, optimization and decision-making capabilities.

That should help PHI (Washington, DC, USA) to improve its management of network assets, load balancing, outage management and restoration, reliability and outage detection.

“Grid analytics represent the next step for a utility like ours that already has access to data across the distribution system and is planning for ways to get the most value for our customers,” said William Gausman, PHI’s senior vice president for strategic initiatives. “Our employees will be able to analyze data and visualize planning processes like never before, while monitoring and enhancing our distribution service.”

PHI has already deployed analytics technology developed by GRIDiant, which Landis+Gyr (Zug, Switzerland) bought in June, and the deal with the Swiss company will build on this.

“This project represents the first major deployment of an enterprise-wide, physics-based grid analytics platform by a utility in North America,” said Prasanna Venkatesan, the executive vice president for Landis+Gyr Americas region.

“For PHI and many other utilities, analytics represent the next step in achieving ongoing benefits from smart grid investments already made, and have the potential to solve many of the challenges associated with new uses of energy and distributed generation resources,” added Venkatesan.
 
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