Sector Name:Power Delivery & Utilization - Distribution & Utilization
Document Type:Technical Results
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Advances in Smart Grid applications, more efficient communications technologies, and increasing numbers of options for network topology have helped create a proliferation of distribution communication devices and operations process automation. Modern utilities are attempting to cover communications needs that span everything from implementing a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) control center to installing interactive in-home displays. It is thus becoming increasingly important for a utility to fully understand the communications options available on the market as well as their inherent limitations.
This guidebook provides a comprehensive reference and resource for utility personnel engaged in the evaluation, design, and deployment of communications systems to support a variety of applications and operational requirements. The guidebook covers three major areas in nine sections:
Part 1—Communications for distribution networks, specifically the communications systems used to reach distribution equipment such as capacitor banks, regulators, reclosers, and line sensors
Part 2—Communications for customer metering and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), including customer premises communication networks
Part 3—Communications for transmission, including substation automation, synchrophasors, and protection
In 2015, the first case study of a utility upgrading the telecommunications system was added to the guidebook. In future years, additional case studies will document utility telecommunication upgrades and/or new deployments.
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