Utility, Experts to Reveal Ways to Teach Old Substation Equipment New Tricks

Cases, Costs, ROI details in “Making the Most of Legacy Technologies in Smart Substations”
Wednesday, January 30 at 2:30 p.m. at DistribuTECH 2013

SAN DIEGO (Jan. 29, 2013) – Utilities looking for ways to give substations greater functionality and interoperability with modern communication protocols -- while using capital efficiently -- may find inspiration in the case of Seattle City Light, and fresh ideas from Efacec ACS and others in a DistribuTECH panel session this Wednesday, January 30, at 2:30 p.m. in Room 33C of the San Diego Convention Center.

Making the Most of Legacy Technologies in Smart Substations” will reveal specific ways utilities are creating smart substations through combinations of remote terminal units (RTUs), relays and other devices, without extensive changes to legacy infrastructure. Panelists will provide details on return on investment, benefits of upgrades versus “rip and replace,” and techniques to accelerate deployment.

Keith Deaton, Senior Vice President, SAIC, will moderate the panel, which will run from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Room 33 C. Topics and speakers will include:

•    Upgrading Legacy RTUs: A Cost-saving Approach to Smart Grid Substations
      Speaker: Michael Pesin, Seattle City Light
      Co-author(s): M. Clinton Cowan, Efacec ACS

•    Substation Automation: The Rebirth of the RTU
      Speaker: Felix Munoz, GE Electric Canada
      Co-author(s): Eric MacDonald, GE Digital Energy

•    The Benefits of a Simplified Substation Architecture
      Speaker: Anthony Eshpeter, SUBNET Solutions Inc.

Efacec ACS is exhibiting at booth #1613, where it will also be providing demonstrations of its CENTRIX™ feeder automation, fault detection (FDIR) solution, outage management and distribution management systems (OMS/DMS), and the capabilities of the latest version of PRSIM™ SCADA, the system chosen by more than 500 utilities around the world.

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About Efacec ACS
Efacec ACS is a provider of smart grid solutions to the global electric power industry. The Efacec ACS software suite provides integrated distribution and outage management, simulation, optimization, and enterprise business intelligence. Efacec ACS automation product lines include a wide range of flexible and cost-effective substation, distribution, and feeder automation solutions. Efacec ACS is powering the utility of the future – today. For more information, visit www.efacec-acs.com.

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