Electric Power Research Institute About Us
The Institute
Office Locations

2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report

EPRI completed a full corporate social responsibility assessment in 2015 culminating in release of its first Corporate Social Responsibility report. The report (and companion video) provides a comprehensive look at EPRI's social responsibility culture and actions around four focus areas: community, employees, operations, and research.

Our Work Events Newsroom Careers EPRI Journal

Product Abstract

Electric Utility Data Synthesis

Product ID:3002005586
Date Published:21-Oct-2015
Sector Name:Power Delivery & Utilization - Distribution & Utilization
Document Type:Technical Results

This product is available at no cost to funding members only. If you are a member, you must Log in to access.

Price:$ 2,000 (US Dollars)

If you are a non-funding individual or entity and wish to purchase this document, please contact the EPRI Order Center at 1-800-313-3774 Option 2 or 650-855-2121. You may also send an e mail to orders@epri.com.


In the electric power industry, data from multiple sources must be synthesized to assess asset conditions, make operational decisions in crisis situations, and perform a variety of other business evaluations. This report examines the challenges to automating the synthesis process and suggests potential research paths to address them. Three examples illustrate the application of data synthesis: a basic application of data synthesis to the determination of the root cause of a circuit breaker failure, an automated data synthesis example involving issues with remote line switches, and a multidimensional asset assessment example involving utility restoration efforts after a significant weather event.

Electric utilities are awash in data from a multitude of sources including substation data, enterprise data, and data from external sources. Bridging the existing data sources at electric utilities will benefit the utility by creating a more robust dataset useful in a wide variety of ways across business areas. Synthesis of utility data is basic to the assessment of assets and business processes. However, developing a complete picture of the operational history, specifications, and environmental exposure of an asset is not trivial. Further research is needed to develop algorithms to adequately interpret the integrated data as well as methods to display assessments of large quantities of assets. The technological tools needed to connect the various data sources do exist, but not all are designed to work seamlessly within the enterprise and there is a definite need for demonstration projects to more effectively identify persisting problems and suggest solutions to them.

2015 Program 161   Information and Communication Technology
  • Substations
  • Power Delivery Asset Management
  • Common information model (CIM)
  • Data management

For further information about EPRI, call the EPRI Customer Assistance Center at (800) 313-3774 or email askepri@epri.com

 Having Trouble Downloading?

Internet Explorer Information Bar

If using Internet Explorer the browser automatically blocks downloads by default, instead displaying an "Information Bar" at the top or bottom of the page.

Click "Download File" on Information Bar if using Internet Explorer 8 or older. If using version 9, click “Save” button on Information Bar and then select “Open” once downloaded.

Pop-up blocker software

You can hold down the CTRL key when selecting Download to bypass your pop-up blocker.

You may also configure your pop-up blocker to allow EPRI.com to open new windows.

Recommended Software

EPRI recommends using the latest version of Adobe Reader for best performance.

 Support Services

EPRI Customer Assistance Center (CAC):
800-313-3774 or 650-855-2121 Option 4

Hours of Operation:
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time (GMT-5)

Order and Conference Center:
800-313-3774 or 650-855-2121 Option 2