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SUBNET to discuss advanced substation management at DistribuTECH 2012

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Tuesday, November 15, 2011

SUBNET to discuss advanced substation management at DistribuTECH 2012

At the 2012 DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition, SUBNET Solutions Inc. is expected to deliver a presentation on how the Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) has installed new smart grid technologies on its aging substation equipment.

DistribuTECH is regarded as the leading transmission and distribution show in the country, and offers participating companies the opportunity to present new developments in smart grid technology to a host of industry leaders.

"The executive conference translates the most anticipated topics from North America's leading T&D show, DistribuTECH, into business language for utility executives and vice presidents," said Teresa Hansen, editor in chief of Electric Light & Power and POWERGRID International magazines. "We're especially excited to hear our keynotes. Bill Richardson has done just about everything—he's a former energy secretary, New Mexico governor, U.N. ambassador and U.S. congressman, and he ran for president in 2008."

PUD, the second-largest publicly owned utility in Washington, serves 320,000 electric customers across a 2,2000-square-mile area. As new regulatory requirements appeared in the U.S. and the complexity of transmission grids continued to grow, the utility found itself in need of a better way to safely ensure substation data communications.

To actualize this need prompted by the new grid, PUD began a major, two-front project. The first task at hand was to replace aging substation equipment that was edging toward the end of its life expectancy, and the second was to use the opportunity to deploy new smart grid technology.

At DistribuTECH, SUBNET will discuss this journey, and how PUD embarked on such an endeavor.

Speaker Wojtek Czyz, a systems engineer with SUBNET, will explore how the utility's integration of substation automation was aided by SUBNET's Distribution and Engineering Services group, which has worked to install substation gateways that have been used for polling of metering, status, event and fault report data from intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) in substations around the district.

In order to meet smart grid program goals, the utility had to deploy a system that could consolidate all individual substations and their data, as well as provide a secure way to access the gateways.

"This new functionality needed to be implemented in a secure system environment, as dictated by new regulatory requirements," SUBNET wrote of the presentation."This paper describes Snohomish PUD’s experience when implementing this advance solution in a secure manner." 

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