Substation automation’s importance to smart grid development

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The term smart grid has grown to encompass a wide range of technologies, procedures, software and hardware, but one of the most critical advancements that has been made could be one the public hasn’t even heard about – substation automation.

Duane Tilden‘s insight:
  • … “Substations are used to transform voltage several times in many locations, ensuring safe and reliable delivery of power. These systems are also necessary for splitting the path of electricity flow into many directions, which can be used to isolate parts of the grid to make repairs or manage energy for various reasons.”
  • … “Substations require a huge amount of large, expensive equipment to operate, including transformers, circuit breakers, switches, capacitor banks, a network of protective relays and several others.” …
  • “All over the country, substation modernization projects have already begun. In the Northeast, Central Maine Power Company (CMP) recently announced it had activated its first major substation that is a part of its $1.4 billion Maine Power Reliability Program.”

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