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Situational Awareness – Value for Utilities

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Tied to resiliency

Solar, smart-inverters, EVs, micro-grids. Bigger, more extreme storms and forest fires. Some of these solutions – some problems in the modern grid. Utilities are now faced with the need to build resilience against an uncertain future. 

Utilities are making lengths to improve infrastructure and operational technologies to deal with these problems. But one thing is often overlooked when looking at resilience – situational awareness. 

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Building a Reliable and Resilient Grid

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The recognized need to build a reliable grid stems from the NERC Reliability Standards. These outline the need to maintain grid reliability (meet demand) and grid security (ensure the capacity to resist unforeseen adversity). In recent years, the concepts of reliability and resiliency are becoming increasingly intertwined. 

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Operational Technology and Internet of Energy Integration – Importance for Utilities

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The convergence of Operational Technology (OT) and IoT is well underway. The challenge of connecting the ancient grid to modern systems is well known and documented. Grid planners and operators are understanding the need to build a bridge between operations in the physical world and the millions of devices now linked to the network. Integrating these two essential utility facets is key to smoothly transitioning to a smart-grid future. 

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The importance of Connectivity, Topology and GIS Accuracy for Utilities

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Having accurate connectivity, topology and GIS accuracy is crucial for utilities in planning, forecasting and monitoring efforts. Many utilities have realized the importance of building a ‘Digital Twin’, or digital representation of their electrical grid. However, an inaccurate representation of the grid is as good as no representation. An accurate digital grid is a connected grid. Achieving this begins by mapping out the elements and assets active within the system, then comes ensuring those elements are all connected.

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