USTDA supports smart grid technology development by Colombian transmission grid operator


Leocadia I. Zak,
Director, USTDA
Bogotá, Colombia — (METERING.COM) — March 25, 2013 – Colombia’s transmission grid operator XM Compañía de Expertos en Mercados S.A. E.S.P. has been awarded a $463,944 grant by the USTDA to support its efforts to develop an intelligent supervision and advanced control system (iSAAC) for the country’s transmission grid.

XM is the system operator and market administrator of the Colombian power grid and specializes in the management of real time systems in the power, transport and finance sectors.

The grant is intended to support XM to refine its design of an advanced wide area measurement system (WAMS) for the Colombian power grid and define a road map for its implementation. The WAMS will utilize synchronized phasor measurement units (PMUs) and associated hardware and software at the control center and at substations to improve the ability to monitor and control the grid.

By developing advanced applications and methodologies, the iSAAC project also seeks to enable transmission system information to be relayed faster and more reliably and to automate and accelerate responses to system anomalies.

“We are pleased to partner with XM on this important project that will improve power quality and reliability in Colombia,” said USTDA director Leocadia I. Zak. “This project is an excellent example of the U.S. partnering with Colombia for mutual benefit.”

XM has identified Raleigh-based Quanta Technology as the U.S. contractor for the technical assistance. Among other projects Quanta has had an integral role in the North American SynchroPhasor Initiative (NASPI).