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Peninsula Light Co. Moves Toward Full System Automation

Oct. 11, 2018
'The only path to reliability improvements was a true automation schema'

Peninsula Light Co. has selected the SurvalentONE platform to support its goal of moving toward full system automation. With its deployment of Survalent applications, including SCADA and FLISR, Peninsula Light aims to improve its ability to deliver affordable and reliable power to its members.

Founded in 1925, Peninsula Light is the second-largest member-owned cooperative in the Northwest United States. Peninsula Light serves more than 33,000 residential and business consumers across 112 square miles in Western Pierce County, Washington. It also provides service to 3,230 water consumers.

Peninsula Light pursues cost-effective energy efficiency strategies to deliver affordable and reliable power to its members. In accordance with this mandate, Peninsula Light’s Board, and CEO Jafar Tagavi, developed a targeted, multi-year, strategic infrastructure and technology upgrade plan. More than a decade ago, Peninsula Light began updating its infrastructure and investing in overhead-to-underground conversion of their power lines, end-of-life replacement of direct buried cables and limited tree wire installation. After a thorough review of ADMS vendors, Peninsula Light selected SurvalentONE SCADA to replace its outdated SCADA and enable greater control over its network.

Most recently, as the overhead-to-underground conversion approached completion, Peninsula Light began implementing SurvalentONE Fault Location, Isolation, and Service Restoration (FLISR) capabilities to automate power restoration activities in the case of an outage.

“The only path to reliability improvements was a true automation schema,” explains Amy Grice, System Engineering Manager. “Approximately 20% of our power lines remain above ground and are exposed to large trees. Any outages that occur on the overhead lines impact the underground lines as well. As a result, FLISR has been on our roadmap for about 5 years as a way to quickly segment, isolate, and restore power to as many members as possible.”

In addition, Peninsula Light uses Project Development System (PDS) to validate the accuracy of its GIS data before publishing it into production. “Survalent’s project-based import was a critical factor for us. We didn’t want to override an entire database into production during imports. No other vendor had that capability,” says Grice.

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