grid automation

US power utility Southern Pine Electric partnered with advanced distribution management systems firm Survalent for the rollout of a smart grid project.Under the terms of the partnership, the electric cooperative serving 66,000 customers in Mississippi will deploy Survalent’s SCADA technology to improve its management of grid network.

The project falls under efforts by the Southern Pine Electric to modernise its grid.

In a press statement, the utility firm said it hopes the technology will provide real-time insights on grid status for improved customer services.

The power company added that it will use the solution to provide low cost electricity to its members.

[quote] Steve Strauss, regional vice president at Survalent Technology, commented:  “When a utility has visibility of real-time information on a system-wide basis, with control and alarms, operations efficiency and performance improves.”

Survalent claims its platform comprising multiple applications including the SmartVU interface, WebSurv is simple to use and will enhance utility’s operational efficiency.

Jay Montgomery, design and protection engineer at Southern Pine, added: “We want to use the latest tools and equipment available to allow a quick response to an outage. Using Survalent SCADA System integrated in our existing Outage Management System (OMS) along with receiving email and text notifications presents an outage to our personnel as soon as they occur.”

Electric cooperatives in SCADA system deployments

In early August, US power cooperative the Yampa Valley Electric Association (YVEA) also selected Survalent Technology for improved grid management.

The Colorado-based utility cooperative said it integrated the firm's SCADA system to enhance its grid data acquisition and processing for real time network management.

Apart from the SCADA system, the utility also purchased the firm’s OMS and distribution management software for future deployment.

The two parties are planning to integrate the OMS and the DMS with the SCADA system to come up with a single advanced distribution management system in future. [Survalent completes OMS deployment in Canadian city]

Commenting on the development, Jason Hall, engineering supervisor at YVEA, said: “Survalent has figured out the difficult and time consuming tasks for small companies and automated them, at a very reasonable cost. We toured other coops and utilities across Colorado and found a number of companies that agreed.”