Create a grid that is more connected, more visible and more easily controlled
Imagine entering the dog days of summer with the confidence and ability to deliver power because you can shed load in real-time. Now imagine being able to monitor grid edge assets like smart inverters, EV/PHEV chargers, and distributed storage, and incorporate them into your distribution operations. All this is possible…and more.
The proliferation of distributed energy resources (DER) has greatly changed the landscape of the distribution system. The traditional one-way flow of electricity is now bi-directional, bringing great challenges as well as intriguing load management opportunities.
A crucial component of realizing these opportunities is for the utility to increase its visibility and control across the grid. By using a network that reaches the entire distribution system, meters, and beyond, utilities can connect to new assets and realize increased operational efficiency while building a more resilient and flexible grid.
In today’s world, having real-time access to accurate data helps you make well-informed decisions. By analyzing meter data you can see the full voltage impact of customer-owned behind-the-meter solar arrays. This gives you valuable insight into how voltage is impacting your grid—allowing you to make sure it is within an acceptable ANSI range. Not to mention, you can use this data as part of your load flow analysis to forecast future DER capacity. Even identifying transformers that might be at risk of failure due to increased EV adoption.
The Sensus FlexNet communication network’s point-to-multipoint architecture is ideal for tomorrow’s DER world. With its long range communication capabilities, you have the reach and speed needed to monitor and control grid edge assets. FlexNet enables Distribution Automation solutions, Demand Response applications, and has the capability to monitor and control behind-the-meter assets. And, by using open standards and industry accepted application protocols, you have assurances that the network is prepared for anything the future has to offer.
FlexNet provides you with the data you need, when you need it, and where you need it—enhancing the management of your distribution system.
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Benefits to you
Monitor distributed generation output
Monitor inverter outputs
Optimize use of storage assets as loads and supplies
Increase system efficiency
Improve grid stability
Reduce peak loads to better manage generation and wholesale purchase costs