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Distribution automation has huge potential, smart grid leaders say

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Thursday, November 29, 2012

A new Zpryme report shows smart grid executives that have invested heavily in distribution automation will likely see their bets pay off nicely, according to Fierce Smartgrid.

The new report shows that 28 percent of execs say improving grid reliability is the number one incentive for pumping more funds into distribution automation equipment, such as substation automation devices. The results confirm what has long been speculated - that CEOs see distribution automation as the gateway to better integrating renewable resources into the grid, and that it plays a major role in several advanced smart grid functions.

"Utilities that design their smart meter and smart grid communications architecture to integrate with next generation (future) smart grid technologies will significantly reduce their overall implementation costs," said Jason S. Rodriguez, CEO and director of research at Zpryme.

According to Renew Grid Magazine, a second survey showed that 69 percent of respondents strongly agreed distribution automation has "very high" potential.

"What everyone is starting to realize is that the smart grid is more than just smart meters; it’s also smart infrastructure," said Dave Buster, director of solutions architecture for Elster, which performed the survey.

SUBNET's products were designed to help utilities improve their smart grid communications across several platforms. 

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