IEEE Power & Energy Magazine - January/February 2016 - 58

Making
Distribution
Automation
Work
Smart Data Is Imperative for Growth
By Gerald R. Gray, John Simmins,
Gowri Rajappan, Gelli Ravikumar,
and S.A. Khaparde

Digital Object Identifier 10.1109/MPE.2015.2481784
Date of publication: 30 December 2015

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Deregulation of the power inDustry anD the shifting of investment
into different types of generation capacity such as distributed energy resources have complicated today's power grid and pushed it nearer to its operating limits. as a consequence,
operations of the power grid have become significantly more dependent on complex computerbased, analytically intensive operating procedures. this article explains how common information model standards enable the acquisition and integration of data from a variety of sources
and time frames, as required by utility analytics, to operate the grid close to capacity.
grid modernization is a transformative phenomenon that is expanding 1) the number and
variety of active participants and devices, 2) the types of energy sources, and 3) the kinds of
active business processes. the result is a significant increase in operational complexity at many
utilities-complexity that is not supported by current corporate governance policies and business practices. the reality is that this complexity is only handled well with the implementation of
extensive computer-based automation, which depends on multiple systems at multiple locations
owned and operated by multiple parties cooperating within defined business scenarios.

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