In 2017, the US produced over 4 trillion kilowatt hours of electricity.¹ That’s a huge number, and one that is increasingly concentrated in cities as urbanization speeds up. That puts undue stress on municipal utilities.
To keep up with demand and provide better service, these utilities are upgrading their electrical systems. Smart grids are becoming more and more common, as are advanced applications and management systems. Outage management systems (OMS) are no exception. Outage management systems deal with problems in your grid that lead to wide-scale problems, such as an electricity outage. Equipped with advanced analytics applications, an OMS can provide major benefits for smart grids.
How Outage Management Systems Enhance Smart Grids
Here are three of the top ways outage management systems can improve smart grids in cities in the US and around the world.
1. Reduce Outage Frequency and Duration
Outage management systems proactively monitor grids and collect data from disparate internal and external sources. All information is compiled into a single location that quickly flags new outages and the source of the problem so crews can correct the situation quickly. Outage management systems with advanced analytics can also use AI technology to spot patterns and predict future outages so they can take preventative measures.
2. Minimize Damage
The data collected by outage management systems can also be used to prioritize restoration efforts when outages to occur in order to protect critical infrastructure. Using predictive analytics, that looks at the consequences of outages on critical smart grid infrastructure, providers can pinpoint the highest priority repairs and ensure that long-term damage is kept to a minimum.
3. Increase Crew Efficiency
Whether carrying our proactive or reactive maintenance work, crews need to be as productive as possible. The best outage management systems include analytics or integrate with analytics applications to help prioritize that maintenance work in terms of its effect on outages.
Data from past and current outages is analyzed to identify at-risk assets that could cause future problems, with what-if scenarios that show possible results. Utility teams can use that information to increase crew efficiency by sending them to the highest-value sites so crew schedules are optimized for maximum effectiveness.
Enhance Your Smart Grid with OMS Analytics
Smart grids are made up of networks of connected utility assets that work together to improve performance. Ultimately, outage management systems with advanced analytics capabilities make smart grids smarter by collecting, combining and analyzing even more data with the help of artificial intelligence.
By leveraging both smart grids and outage management system analytics, utility companies can decrease the length and likelihood of outages, improve their regulatory compliance and provide a more efficient and better service.