Peninsula Light heads towards entire grid automation


US electric cooperative Peninsula Light Company has commissioned a smart grid solution suite from Survalent to deliver affordable and reliable power to customers.

The Washington-based energy provider to 33,000 consumers is deploying the SurvalentONE platform comprising SCADA and Fault Location, Isolation and Service Restoration (FLISR) applications.

The FLISR app was deployed following converting overhead lines to underground lines, to automate power restoration in the event of outages.

Amy Grice, system engineering manager, said: “The only path to reliability improvements was a true automation schema.

“Approximately 20% of our power lines remain above ground and are exposed to large trees. Any outages that occur on the overhead lines impact the underground lines as well. As a result, FLISR has been on our roadmap for about 5 years as a way to quickly segment, isolate and restore power to as many members as possible.”

Peninsula Light has taken advantage of other Survalent solutions to support its multi-year gird modernisation plan.

Using Survalent’s templates, the utility has converted all 150 of its remote terminal units to Intelligent Electronic Devices to respond to requests faster and eliminate user error because changes are centrally managed, made once, and pushed out to all devices.

In addition, Peninsula Light uses Survalent’s Project Development System to validate the accuracy of its GIS data before publishing it into production.

The aim is to achieve full grid system automation.