BGE is expanding its distribution automation capabilities across a larger set of intelligent devices, by connecting approximately 3,000 automated reclosers and 4,800 capacitor controls to enhance BGE’s smart grid capabilities across its 2300 square mile service territory.
BGE’s reliability improvement initiative will leverage its existing Silver Spring Networks multi-application platform to reduce interruptions.
Our focus is on ensuring BGE customers are served by the most reliable and efficient energy systems. Since 2010, we have deployed flexible, scalable solutions from Silver Spring Networks, like the IPv6 platform, that are enabling us to significantly improve grid operations and reliability.”
— Michael Butts, Director of Transmission and Substation Engineering, BGE
Additionally, Silver Spring will host its GridScape Network Manager for BGE as Software-as-a-Service to support diagnostics, real-time visualization, out-of-band and in-band management polling, event management and auditing across all grid management devices.
The expanded grid management solution is estimated to eliminate approximately 2 million interruptions for BGE customers per year. In addition to supporting these critical intelligent devices, Silver Spring’s fifth generation platform is interoperable with previous generations of Silver Spring technology deployed for BGE, and can be used to support additional operational improvements such as automated fault locating to help improve overall system reliability.
BGE estimates cost savings of more than $1.5 billion for customers through smart grid applications delivered on a single, unified platform. The company initially deployed the Silver Spring Networks IPv6 platform for its AMI Smart Grid Program beginning in 2010 as part of its effort to streamline operations, improve customer service and increase reliability.
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