Michigan utility commissions new distribution management software

Michigan municipal utility Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) partnered with grid automation solutions firm Advanced Control Systems (ACS) to modernise its networks.

Under the partnership, ACS will help the utility to implement a smart grid project under efforts of the energy provider to modernise its grid network.

In a combined statement, BWL said it would be assisted with the integration of  the ACS PRISM Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS).

The solutions provider claims that its ADMS combines the functionalities of outage management (OMS), distribution management (DMS), energy management (EMS) and supervisory control (SCADA) systems into a single solution.

The technology is expected to assist BWL with its grid automation efforts and effectively analyse grid events to optimise the operation of its energy distribution network.

The project is a measure by BWL to improve customer services to its 97,000 energy customers by enhancing the reliability of its grid network and reduce the occurrence of outages.

Michigan smart grid upgrades

In related news, Consumers Energy announced its plans to continue modernising its distribution network to improve its operations and customer service in Michigan.

The utility firm serving 6.7 million gas and electric consumers in Peninsula counties said it is upgrading its 29,000-mile natural gas distribution network to enhance its service to some 1.7 million customers in lower Michigan.

Commenting on the developments, Mary Palkovich, vice president of energy delivery at the utility firm, said: “By enhancing pipelines, installing new lines, welcoming new customers and providing new technology to improve customer service, we are working hard to ensure that our customers receive safe, reliable service and value from Consumers Energy.”

The projects currently being implemented by the company include 60 infrastructure projects involving replacement of existing pipelines with new lines, upgrading of two natural gas compressors and the construction of a new compressor station in Huron county.

The utility company announced its plans to add in 10,000 new customers by the end of 2016 and implement an automated metering infrastructure (AMI) project for its 1.2 million customers currently without smart meters in 2017. [Michigan utility to complete smart meter rollout by 2017].

The AMI project is expected to help the company ensure accurate power and gas billing.


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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.