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DistribuTECH Open New Window
San Diego, CA
February 3-5, 2015

The world's largest and most comprehensive transmission and distribution event, DistribuTECH includes pre-conference Utility University® workshops, networking events, a conference program with more than 300 speakers and an exhibition showcasing cutting-edge products and services from more than 475 companies.

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Transmission and Distribution

Transmission and distribution systems allow electricity to move across the country through infrastructure commonly referred to as “poles and wires.” The extension of these assets’ lifespans can defer capital expenditures and control costs as utilities seek to enhance safety, reliability and performance.

Our transmission and distribution system is facing new challenges, requiring new line component design and maintenance as well as solutions for issues related to lightening strikes, grounding and live working. Research can help utilities address these issues by improving diagnostics, inspection and assessment methods, and providing tools and techniques that can lead to safer work environments, improved asset management, and greater operational performance.

 
 

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Annie Haas
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Phone: 704-595-2980
Email: ahaas@epri.com

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Featured Research Grid Operations Grid Planning Resources

The electric grid is a highly complex system that requires sophistication in managing it in a safe, reliable and efficient way. In many ways, today's power system must be operated to meet objectives for which it was not explicitly designed. Today's transmission system is operated to transfer larger amounts of energy than were considered when it was built, and it is operated much closer to its design margin. Generation resources are constrained and increasingly more variable and uncertain.

In this environment, it is imperative that operators be provided with good information based on real-time data regarding the status of the grid, as well as decision-making support information to respond to rapid changes in the future. EPRI’s Grid Operations research is addressing how to improve real-time situational awareness, use synchrophasor measurements for assessing system stability, reactive power support, and voltage stability margins, as well as what capabilities are required to manage the grid through extreme events and to restore the system in the event of an outage.

 

Traditional power system planning methods and tools are becoming less effective in today’s power system environment. Transmission owners and operators not only need to plan for future demand growth—which is more uncertain with increasing levels of distributed resources—but also provide transmission services for changing generation portfolios that include significant portions of variable generation technologies.

EPRI’s Grid Planning research addresses key issues that grid planners must resolve, including the increasing uncertainty of future generation and load, the increased use of transmission assets and rights of way, higher reliability standards and increased inter-regional planning.

 

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Transmission Sensors & Robots
EPRI conducts research and development in a wide range of areas relative to transmission sensor and robot technologies.