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Utilities historically have had limited insight into the condition of the distribution grid, despite this being where a majority of outages originate. In the absence of distribution-line monitoring devices, grid operators have relied upon static and outdated models for state estimation.
However, these protocols are rapidly changing with the implementation of smart meters. Today, smart meters serve as key assets at the edge of the distribution grid, capable of recording both historical, and real-time data, in turn, enabling utilities to analyze the state of the grid in new ways.