Distribution Grid Realities Limited Visibility


Utilities are blind to intra-grid conditions between substations and endpoint meters. Reacting to asset failures and customer complaints versus proactively managing the intra-grid has been the industry’s approach heretofore. Even with substantial AMI/AMR deployment, over 199.1 Billion kWh of Loss, representing over $20.7 Billion, was unnecessarily subsidized by US rate payers in 2014, and continues annually. All distribution grids in the world share this similar, energy inefficiency condition.


Substation

Substation

Distribution Grid

Distribution Grid

Meter

Meter

Limited visibility into the Distribution Grid is the root cause for many problematic conditions, and results in reactionary and costly grid management, negatively impacting rates and customers.

Non-technical Loss
Illegal pre-meter taps
Meter inaccuracies
Wrong multiplier settings
Programing errors
Technical Loss
Oversized transformers
DER Impacts
Reverse energy flows
Voltage Fluctuations
Power Outages
Overloaded transformers
Accelerated Loss of Life
Undersized transformers
Grid Maintenance
Truck rolls
‘Hard to read’ meters
GIS Mapping Errors
Load imbalances
Inaccurate analytics

GRID20/20's OptaNODE™ Distribution Transformer Monitor devices address the utility’s needs with rich functionality, accurate measurement, rapid deployment and ubiquitous communications capability.

Clear Vision into your Grid

The OptaNODE™ solution delivers 20/20 vision into the Distribution Grid

One Solution Multiple Value Propositions

Cost-Effective OptaNODE™ intra-grid sensors provide a vast array of grid management improvements for global utility providers – simultaneously shrinking OpEx, improving CapEX ROI, increasing metered revenues, reducing GHG, embracing DER/DG/EV/CVR, and lowering rate payer costs.

There is no algorithm substitute for the accurate, timely, and unique data provided by intra-grid sensors. GRID20/20 provides a vast, growing list of applications for utilities.


Intra-Grid Loss

Intra-Grid Loss

Technical Loss due to improper Transformer Sizing, Incorrect Tap settings, Voltage Imbalance, etc.., and Non-Technical Loss due to Power Theft, Incorrect Multipliers, and Excessive Energy delivery cause power rates to unnecessarily increase. OptaNODE™ sensors reveal costly Intra-grid Loss.

DER/DG Integration

DER/DG Integration

DER/DG can create grid de-stabilization, and safety concerns. By monitoring Voltage Fluctuations & Reverse Power Flows, utilities can safely manage their grid and effectively select distributed storage locations. OptaNODE™ sensors enhance DER/DG Integration.

Voltage Optimization

Voltage Optimization

Timely, accurate intra-grid Voltage Readings enhance CVR to reduce peak demand costs, and improve proper energy delivery levels to cut power costs. Our collaboration with Dominion Voltage, Inc. (DVI) helps utilities to apply CVR. OptaNODE™ sensors enhance Voltage Optimization. Learn more »

Theft Detection

Theft Detection

Power Thieves have learned that stealing power in front of the meter is undetectable by utilities, allowing thieves to steal over $6 Billion from US grids in 2014. Power Theft has INCREASED since AMI/AMR deployment. OptaNODE™ sensors reveal costly Power Theft.

Meter Inaccuracies

Metered Revenues

US loss exceeded $20.7 Billion in 2014. It is estimated that over 50% of loss can be identified and remediated. Taking a proactive stance to loss will help rate payers and utilities simultaneously. OptaNODE™ sensors yield Increased Metered Revenues.

Outage Detection

Outage Detection

OptaNODE™ DTM devices can notify operators of power interruptions, enabling faster location of outages, and accelerated restoration. Faster Restoration improves SAIDI ratings, and resumes metered revenues more quickly.

Asset Management

Asset Management

Failing or improperly sized Transformers lead to Power Outages, and Decreased Revenue. By revealing stressed assets, Preventive Maintenance is enabled. This maximizes CapEx, Reduces Trouble Calls and improves SAIFI ratings. OptaNODE™ sensors enable proactive Asset Management.

Automated Alerts

Automated Alerts

Using technology to monitor the grid is efficient, and lowers Operating Costs. Programmable Alarms permit utilities to select key intra-grid Tolerances, then be notified when undesirable conditions occur. This enables “Hands-Free” grid management capabilities. OptaNODE™ sensors provide Automated Alerts.

Meter Inaccuracies

Meter Inaccuracies

GIS Mapping Errors, Pre-Meter Taps, and Incorrect Multipliers are identified by reconciling Transformer data with downstream Meters. AMI, AMR, and mechanical meters are subject to these Revenue-Reducing impacts. OptaNODE™ sensors reveal costly Meter Inaccuracies.

Greenhouse Gas Reduction

Greenhouse Gas Reduction

Over 199.1 Billion kWh ‘leaked’ from the US grid in 2014. This loss represented over 106.5 Million Metric Tons of CO2 Emissions. By locating Loss locations inside the grid, up to 50+ Million Metric Tons of CO2 emissions can be eliminated annually. OptaNODE™ sensors enable GHG Reduction.

Electric Vehicles

Electric Vehicles

To reduce CO2 emissions and dependency upon petroleum, global penetration of EVs increases annually. Each EV requires a charging station which demands significant electricity. This unplanned demand can seriously overburden transformers. OptaNODE™ sensors monitor EV impacts on the grid.

Smart Grid Realization

Smart Grid Realization

Official Loss data proves that AMI/AMR alone cannot create a smart grid. The intra-grid represents the most volatile, vulnerable and dynamic segment. Utilities are blind to today’s intra-grid conditions. Cost-effective intra-grid sensors remedy the ‘missing link’. OptaNODE™ Sensors enable Smart Grid Realization.

AMI meters

AMI & AMR Synergies

Meter data is subject to substantial inaccuracies due to decalibration, improper GIS asset mapping, multiplier errors, and pre-meter theft taps. Creating necessary reconciliation points via OptaNODE™ DTM intra-grid sensors remedies this problem.

Utilities with deployed AMI are now discovering that power theft is increasing, and AMI cannot effectively report intra-grid data. AMI based Analytics lack the necessary accuracy and timely information required by utilities and deliver inaccurate predictions based on:

  • Assumptions & Estimations
  • Incomplete & Antiquated Information

The OptaNODE™ Solution is required to enhance AMI data, and achieve a genuine, comprehensive Smart Grid.

  • GIS Mapping and Meter-to-Transformer Association Errors Identified
  • Strategic ‘surgical’ deployments enable targeted grid enhancements/resolutions
  • Serves as AMI Network Range Extender for hard-to-reach AMI meters

AMR equiped Utilities can achieve the advantages of Smart Grid technologies, without the need for AMI deployments.

The cost-effective OptaNODE™ solution now enables Smart Grid to become a reality.

  • Possibility of incremental deployments
  • No significant upfront investment required
  • Independent of meter-to-cash processes
  • Plug & Play installation
  • Rapid Fast Implementation
  • Immediate Value Realization

The OptaNODE™ Solution provides actionable intra-grid information, based on accurately measured data.

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