27 Apr '11, 8pm

How to Get People to Care About Distribution Automation: Making the business case for distribution automation

How to Get People to Care About Distribution Automation: Making the business case for distribution automation

Making the business case for distribution automation is certainly getting easier these days. However, it’s not a no-brainer for all utilities. At Distribution Automation 2011 in New York City on Wednesday, Bruce Walker, Vice President of Gridwise Alliance , challenged the utilities in the audience to calculate the cost of not investing in DA. “We stand on another precipice,” he argued. “Let’s be clear: there are hundreds of millions of dollars available for grid improvements.” For starters, get everyone in a room -- or at least form some working groups. Walker said he sees far too few utilities that involve stakeholders, from regulators to customers, from an early point. In San Diego, where San Diego Gas & Electric has been mandated to build a 10-year smart grid deployment plan , Lee Krevat said that bringing stakeholders to the table earlier was really valuable. At Gridwi...

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