North Carolina city selects Survalent to improve network management

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The US city of New Bern in North Carolina partnered with advanced distribution management systems provider Survalent to enhance management of its grid network.

In a press statement, the Canada-based smart grid solutions firm said it deployed its Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system in the city’s power system.

The SCADA system is expected to help New Bern’s power department improve its customer service through real-time monitoring and control of its power distribution network.

In addition to the SCADA technology, the city also implemented Survalent’s demand response application to help its customers reduce power usage and costs during peak periods.

[quote] Mark Trail, of the City of New Bern, commented: “The new SCADA System gives the City of New Bern greater flexibility, enhanced reporting, and faster response time in dealing with outages.”

Steve Strauss, regional vice president at Survalent, added that the SCADA system “… enhances the City’s ability to provide its residential and commercial customers with dependable power and improved service, at affordable rates.”

US utilities and power distribution

In early September, Survalent announced its partnership with utility companies in the US city of Boston to help them improve power distribution network management.

The firm said it deployed its SCADA system in power distribution networks operated by the Middleton Electric Light Department (MELD) and Peabody Municipal Light Plant (PMLP).

PMLP, the third largest of 40 municipal utilities in Massachusetts deployed the system to modernise its grid.

The utility said it selected Survalent’s technology due its low cost in installation and maintenance.

MELD said it chose to implement SCADA technology to have real time insight into the status of the grid to be able to boost network efficiency. [Kentucky utility boosts grid management with SCADA].

Steve Strauss said: “When utilities are community-owned, there is a remarkable dedication to running the most efficient network possible, and delivering reliable power, with great service, all at the lowest cost.”

 

Image credit: www.newbern.com.

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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.