Written by Aclara on October 17, 2023
Grids featuring large power plants have provided reliable electricity to homes and businesses for over a century. While the grid has experienced remarkable success, it is undergoing a dramatic transformation. The emerging grid is far more decentralized and decarbonated than ever before, opening the door for an influx of power quality and grid reliability complications that could prevent utilities from realizing the full potential of the new grid.
The survey, Why the Energy Transition Demands Improved Grid Monitoring, gathered responses from 160 industry executives on the efficacy of current grid monitoring technology. The results revealed three key tactics necessary for effective grid monitoring: improving grid visibility, controlling the grid through automation, and predicting and preventing outages with grid analytics.
The survey highlighted a disparity between executives’ reliance on grid monitoring and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and confidence in their current grid monitoring solutions.
Utility executives expressed a lack of confidence in their grid visibility, highlighted by the following statistics:
Devices capable of collecting and communicating valuable data are essential to effectively controlling distribution grids. Although executives’ confidence in their own grid monitoring strategies is rising, most have still not capitalized on the full potential of comprehensive grid monitoring.
Here are a few key insights from utility executives on the effectiveness of current grid automation and censoring solutions:
While some utilities may be able to deploy AMI and sensors, they often lack the analytical capacities to put their data to use. Executives emphasized the need for further investment in grid analytics and networks to adequately predict and prevent outages.
Click here to read the report in its entirety and discover more insights from utility executives on the current state of grid monitoring.
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