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Schneider gives Central Hudson insight into distribution network

Steve Rogerson
March 15, 2016
New York utility Central Hudson Gas & Electric (Central Hudson) plans to deploy an advanced distribution management system (ADMS) as part of its distribution automation programme, which is a multi-year initiative to reduce customer energy usage and improve system reliability. The ADMS technology comes from French company Schneider Electric.
Central Hudson is a regulated transmission and distribution utility serving about 300,000 electric customers and 78,000 natural gas customers in New York's Mid-Hudson River Valley.
The ADMS platform will include a distribution management system (DMS) and supervisory control and data acquisition (scada) component, allowing Central Hudson to monitor potential issues, integrate distributed energy resources, and analyse and optimise network operations.
"Central Hudson is proud to partner with Schneider Electric, which has proven market leadership and an ADMS that fits our vision and strategy," said Paul Haering, vice president of engineering and system operations at Central Hudson.
Along with real-time visualisation and monitoring of network status, the system provides analytics tools that will recommend the most optimal device operations to increase network efficiency and reliability, such as integrated voltage VAR optimisation (IVVO) and fault location, isolation and services restoration (FLISR) functionality.
IVVO will enable Central Hudson to optimise the efficiency of the distribution grid, reducing power losses and peak demand, as well as overall energy usage. FLISR will narrow the potential fault locations and immediately re-route power to as many customers as possible, while reducing the outage time for remaining customers by sending crews closer to the area needing repair.
Following the completion of the initial implementation in March 2017, Schneider Electric and Central Hudson will explore further improvements, including migration to the Schneider Electric OMS outage management system. This component will leverage analysis from the DMS to provide the utility with automated management of power outages, improving the overall customer experience.
"Schneider Electric has the capability to provide IT services, OT devices and the intersecting systems that make up the hybrid grid of the future – and is the only company that can provide a full range of systems, software and services expertise," said Dragan Popovic, executive vice president at Schneider Electric. "By deploying our industry-leading ADMS for Central Hudson, we're helping the utility manage growing demand and peak loads, integrate more renewable energy into the grid, and improve electricity quality and availability from control centre to customer."