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Utilities from across the U.S. convene to discuss smart grid distribution automation

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Monday, October 31, 2011

On November 2 and 3, 2011, several utilities from all over the country will meet in Raleigh, North Carolina, to discuss the most recent advancements in smart grid distribution automation and strategies that have been developed.

The nation's leading utilities, including Duke, Con-Ed, Alabama Power and Northeast Utilities, will provide details on the astonishing growth of distribution automation projects within the smart grid that are arising because of the endless possibilities and efficiencies it supplies utilities.

By optimizing distribution, small, large, multi-market and local utilities alike will all see positive return on smart grid investments. These gains are already being felt by some utilities as smart grid implementations have begun around the country.

Pike research has found that investments in automation could total $46 billion around the world by 2015. The problem, which will be discussed at the upcoming conference, will be identifying which smart grid projects will be the most successful, and allow both utilities and technology solutions providers the greatest return on investment.

"Distribution automation is the next big focus area for smart grid deployments," says Bob Gohn, conference chairman and research director for Pike Research. "It will have a significant impact on reliability and efficiency moving forward and the marketplace is ripe with opportunity."

The event will be led by industry professionals, with each present utility outlining new improvements in automation for the smart grid.

Duke Energy will be presenting an overview of its wide-ranging communication integration architecture, while Alabama Power is expected to demonstrate how it benefits from its integration distribution management system.

Experts from intelligent electronic device-makers GE Energy and ABB, as well as the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy, will also be sharing their insights, detailing all of the crucial areas of smart grid distribution automation.

The conference expects to address the challenges faced in new distribution automation projects and will allow industry leaders to debate the integration of new energy sources, as well.

At the event, utilities will learn about substation automation options, and how to optimize data management, line switching and future automation projects.

SUBNET Solutions Inc. can help utilities implement substation automation devices into existing electrical infrastructure. By using automation, utilities can manage and direct energy loads in an instant, utilizing a secure software that boasts convenient and efficient remote access.

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