NV Energy announced yesterday a new reliability improvement program using Aclara Technologies smart grid sensors and software to monitor remote substations and distribution power lines throughout Nevada. The aim of the project is to provide greater reliability of electric supply for the IOU's customers as well as millions of tourists, the utility said.
The new technology will monitor remote substations and thousands of miles of MV distribution lines, sending near real-time data to NV Energy, it added. This will improve operational awareness of the grid and enhance the utility's ability to quickly identify and dispatch crews to address circuit problems such as short circuits, circuit overloads and voltage drops.
NV Energy's reliability performance is in the top 10% nationally, NV Energy Senior VP of Customer Operations Pat Egan said in prepared remarks, but his firm is continually exploring economic methods to improve system reliability. "This technology enables us to modernize and monitor our network in a very cost-effective way and helps us develop new approaches to prevent power outages and improve restoration time when electric system anomalies occur," Egan said.
"We are pleased that this technology also easily integrates with existing monitoring systems at NV Energy, which allows our teams to share data and work collaboratively," he added.
NV Energy crews are installing these new sensors throughout Nevada and anticipate completing this phase of the reliability improvement project by the end of this year. Crews can safely install the sensors without causing an interruption to customer service through the use of insulated equipment, personal protective equipment and safe-operating procedures, the firm said.
Aclara is an affiliated portfolio firm of Sun Capital Partners and the latter firm announced in August Aclara acquired the smart grid business of Tollgrade Communications, maker of smart grid sensors
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