DEED/DSTAR: Smart Grid Impact on Distribution Reliability

February 26, 2014

2 to 3 p.m. ET

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Webinar Description:
Program 13-10: Smart Grid Impact on Distribution Reliability

One of the promises of the “smart grid” is that it will improve the operation of the aging power delivery infrastructure by providing increased visibility and control of distributed assets. Technologies such as advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), fault detection, isolation and restoration (FDIR), integrated volt/var control (IVVC), and others have the potential to impact grid operations by offering near real time sense and respond capabilities to changing conditions. While there is an overload of information about smart gird and its impact on energy efficiency, there is not a lot of discussion about specific impacts on distribution reliability. This project directly addressed this question and discusses the inherent benefit/cost tradeoffs in the applications.  It will also identify best practices, best-in-class technologies, and lessons learned from recent implementations. The report discusses the details of selected smart grid applications and assesses their impact on distribution operations in general, and grid reliability in particular.

Matt Lecar, Principal, GE Energy Consulting, DSTAR

Suresh Gautam, Senior Engineer, GE Energy Consulting, DSTAR

How to Participate:
This webinar is restricted to DEED members, APPA utility members and DSTAR members. NON-DEED, APPA utility members may register for $89.00.  Check here  to see if your utility is a DEED member. If you need assistance with registration, please contact APPA's Web Department at

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Now offering CEU credits!
This webinar is worth .1 CEU/1.0 PDH credits.

About the DEED-DSTAR collaboration:
Distribution Systems Testing, Application, and Research is a consortium of electric distribution utilities and utility organizations that collaboratively sponsor near-team, pragmatic distribution R&D. Its goal is to sponsor research that can be applied readily to everyday system design and operation and maintenance activities. DSTAR, similar to the DEED program, leverages funding for innovative electric industry research and development in today’s competitive utility environment. All research activities are envisioned and directed by DSTAR member utilities. Research typically includes equipment testing and product evaluation, niche software for standards and engineering support and whitepapers and reports on pressing industry issues. DEED joined DSTAR in 2010. Through its membership ALL APPA members may access current DSTAR research, Program 13 and 14, from the DSTAR page on the DEED website .