Alabama Power to develop smart grid in Alabaster


According to a local news source, Alabama Power will use property off Alabama 119 as a staging area for the smart grid upgrades.

Through the project, Alabama Power contractors will install fibre lines and smart meters throughout the city to create the smart grid, said Alabaster city manager, Brian Binzer.

The city manager said that said once the smart grid is completed, it will allow the company to more easily detect power outages and reroute power from elsewhere on  the grid to restore power more quickly.

“We think this smart grid will really be beneficial to our residents, especially in cases where a storm may damage a power line,” noted Alabaster Mayor Marty Handlon.

“It will allow them to get power back a lot quicker.”

Tennessee embarks on smart grid fibre project

In related, the Newport Utilities Board based in Tennessee finalised plans to install a $38m smart grid fibre project. The funding will come from the USDA Rural Utilities Service Programme.

Newport Utilities Board finance manager, Sherry Frisbee, reportedly said that the federal agency has approved the financials of the planned smart grid fibre project for the next 10 years.

The utility also has identified weak spots in the electric delivery system. The utility said that upgrades have been prioritised and are to be completed over the next four years.

In Europe, Scotland is in the process of building the UK’s first digital substation in Wishaw using fibre-optic cables, allowing for digital data transmission.

The digital substation in Wishaw is reported to be the UK’s first. The fibre-optic cables implemented will replace analogue copper connections in the overhaul of two bays of the 275 kV SP Energy Networks-operated substation.

After the project is completed, the Wishaw substation will be completely automated and will permit better monitoring and control of the transmission network in parts of Scotland, reported Engineering and Technology Magazine.

It is also expected to contribute to better safety, flexibility, availability whilst reducing cost and environmental impact of power transmission. Read more…