Kentucky utility boosts grid management with SCADA

US electric cooperative Pennyrile Electric partnered with advanced distribution management systems firm Survalent to enhance management of its grid network.

The utility cooperative serving 47,000 members in Pennyrile in Kentucky state integrated Survalent’s SCADA system with power distribution system.

The deployment of the SCADA solution, which includes Survalent’s SmartVU, Survalent’s WebSurv, SurvCentral, IED Wizard, Control Panel and GIS Wizard applications is  expected to deliver real time insight into how the grid is operating.

This will enable the utility to optimise its operations by reacting quickly to network demands and changes, while improving customer service and satisfaction.

The SCADA system comprises multiple applications including the SmartVU user interface which is purposed to simplify utilities’ access to grid data.

Survalent’s SmartVU is deployed with the company’s  Survalent’s WebSurv and SurvCentral applications allowing grid operators to view data in control rooms and mobile environments.

[quote] Steve Strauss, regional vice president at Survalent, commented: “Pennyrile Electric now has a window into real-time system performance.”

The addition of the IED Wizard, Control Panel and GIS Wizard applications is  designed to ease and simplify system use and configuration, leading to increased user productivity.

Utility cooperative and grid management

In early August, US power utility cooperative  Yampa Valley Electric Association (YVEA) also partnered with Survalent Technology to improve its grid management.

The Colorado-based utility cooperative said it integrated the firm’s SCADA technology to enhance its grid data acquisition and processing for real time network management.

In addition to the SCADA system, the utility also acquired the firm’s outage management system (OMS) and distribution management software (DMS) for deployment in future. [Boston utilities select Survalent to manage power distribution]

The two parties are planning to integrate the OMS and the DMS with the SCADA system to come up with a single advanced distribution management system in future.

Jason Hall, engineering supervisor at YVEA, said: “Survalent has figured out the difficult and time consuming tasks for small companies and automated them, at a very reasonable cost. We toured other coops and utilities across Colorado and found a number of companies that agreed.”

The installation of the SCADA system falls under the utility’s plans to upgrade grid infrastructure to enhance its network through the utilisation of automated metering infrastructure.


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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.