The National Electrical Manufacturers Association, on behalf of its Distribution Automation Section, released its first white paper titled, “Distribution Automation and the Modernized Grid.”
Improving service reliability and operating efficiency are common goals that most distribution utility companies have today; however, with the changing landscape of new loads and customer-sited distributed generation being connected to the grid, these conditions now present special challenges to the electric distribution system. This whitepaper includes topics associated with smart distribution equipment such as the benefits, the steps utilities should consider when implementing distribution automation systems equipment, NEMA recommendations, and case studies highlighting utility experiences. The whitepaper can be downloaded at no cost on the NEMA website.
NEMA’s DA Section represents manufacturers of DA equipment and systems used to supervise, measure, monitor, and control electrical loads on distribution grids and at distribution substations. Additionally, the section represents manufacturers of the communications and software which support DA.