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Study for CIGRE WG D2.38 – Operational Readiness for Cyber Threats. The Newton-Evans staff is conducting an international survey of electric utility IT and OT organizations to learn about the current status of preparations and readiness to minimize the impact of cyber threats. Utilities that participate with us in this “pro bono” study for CIGRE will be entitled to share in the findings and recommendations from the survey and from the guidance to be set forth in a 2016 CIGRE technical brochure.

2015-2017 Substation Automation U.S. Market Overview Series: Newton-Evans is in the process of releasing a new series of market synopses concerning 14 components of electric power substation modernization in the United States. Fourteen report summaries are available individually or as a complete series. Taken together the fourteen components reported in the series accounted for an estimated $1.7 Billion in 2014 shipments to U.S. utility and industrial customers. Growing at an average rate of about six percent, Newton-Evans expects 2017 shipment values to reach nearly $2 Billion.

Included in the series are these individual topics: SA01 – Remote Terminal Units; SA02 – Programmable Logic controllers; SA03 – Substation Automation Platforms; SA04 – Multifunction Meters and Recorders; SA05 – Inter-Utility Revenue Meters; SA06 – Digital Relays; SA07 – Digital Fault Recorders; SA08 – Sequence of Events Recorders; SA09 – Power Quality Recorders; SA10 – Substation Reclosers; SA11 – Substation Automation Integration Specialists; SA12 – Substation Communications; SA13 – Substation Voltage Regulators; SA14- Substation Precision Timing Clocks. The report summaries are available individually at $150 per report, or the group of 14 report summaries is available for only $975.00.

2015-2017 Protective Relay U.S. Market Overview Series: Newton-Evans is now underway with work to update the 2012 series on protection and control. A total of ten market summaries will become available on April 10. The P&C series will include the following topical summaries:
PR01 – Feeder Relays; PR02 – Transmission (Distance, Overcurrent, Line Differential) Relays; PR03 – Generator Relays’ PR04 – Bus and Busbar Relays; PR05 Transformer Protection Relays; PR06 – Motor Control Relays; PR07 – Electro-Mechanical Relays; PR08 – Drop-In Control Houses; PR09 – Synchrophasors (PDUs/PDCs); PR10 – Teleprotection. The report summaries will be available individually at $150 per report, or the group of 10 report summaries will be available for $875.00.

Worldwide Study of the Protective Relay Marketplace In Electric Utilities (2015-2017). Newton-Evans staff is preparing to undertake a major update to the four volume flagship study of protective relay use in utilities around the world. We need to hear back from interested parties as to whether this study should be scheduled for a spring kick-off or whether we should defer work on this massive study until autumn 2015. Early commitments will mean lower subscription prices and earlier reports availability. Please provide your thoughts and information requirements on the study’s timing and desired content to us.

Commissioned Studies:  Privately funded studies this first quarter include North American assessment of the recloser market; cyber security topics; ADMS market overview; software module pricing for AMI-OMS related systems; new compilation of North American EHV/HV and MV substations, transmission and distribution line mileage totals. (By state and by type and size of utility).

Findings from the Newton-Evans Research Company study completed in February 2015 indicate that a substantial number of electric utilities are using distribution automation technologies such as FDIR/FLISR and VVC/VVO/CVR, but the number of operating feeders currently configured with these features is still relatively low. These observations are based on a survey of 75 electric T&D utilities in the U.S. and Canada providing electric power service to 32 million customers (approximately 20% of North America’s electricity end users, according to Newton-Evans estimates.)

Percentage of all feeders that have Fault Detection Isolation Restoration (FDIR) or Fault Location Isolation Service Restoration (FLISR) Capabilities
On a summary basis, nearly one-third of the responding utilities (32%) cited their operation of one or more primary distribution feeders configured with FDIR/FLISR capabilities. However, the overall installed base of feeders with FDIR/FLISR capabilities was quite small, standing at about five percent of the total number of feeders operated by these utilities. According to the survey sample, six percent of 13-15kV feeders and seven percent of 22-26kV feeders are configured to provide FDIR/FLISR functionality.

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Percentage of feeders that support integrated Volt/VAR control (VVC), Volt Var Optimization (VVO), or Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR)
Just over half of all respondents reported having at least some feeders supporting Integrated Volt/Var Control, Volt/Var Optimization (VVC/VVO) or Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR). The 75 respondents indicated an installed base of 34,122 feeders across 4 voltage levels: 4kV (5,094 feeders), 13kV/15kV (22,831 feeders), 22kV/26kV (4,214 feeders), and 33kV/38kV (1,983 feeders). Overall, respondents indicated that 32% of all feeders currently support VVC, VVO or CVR, but out of 4,214 feeders at the 22/24kV level about 59% support these capabilities.

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Percentage of utilities integrating VVC, VVO or CVR by year end 2017
Overall, 68% of the utilities replying to this question indicated that at least some feeders will support integrated IVV control/VVO and/or CVR by year-end 2017.

Decision factors for implementing VVC/VVO
Respondents indicated that “cost savings effected by reducing the need for infrastructure enhancements” was the single most-cited driver for volt-Var optimization (VVO) implementation, as reported by 38% of respondents. Additional cost savings brought about by “reducing the need for additional generation” was second in importance, at 33%. About 1 in 5 respondents also cited “regulatory compliance” as a significant driver for implementing VVO.

Other reasons mentioned for implementing include peak shaving to reduce demand costs, reducing losses, and maintaining power factor. A few utilities mentioned that VVO is either not a requirement for them or that they do not want to implement additional technology simply to raise revenue.

To see a table of contents and pricing information for the “North American Distribution Automation Market Assessment and Outlook: 2015-2017″ visit our reports page

Utility Plans Call for Continuation of Substantial Investment in North American Distribution Grid Automation Programs

February 2, 2015

Findings Corroborate Earlier Newton-Evans Studies Regarding “Mixed” Placement of Controls of Field Devices The Newton-Evans Research Company today released key findings from its newly published study of electric utility plans for distribution automation. Entitled “North American Distribution Automation Market Assessment and Outlook: 2015-2017” the 89-page report includes coverage of more than 35 DA-related issues. Progress […]

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Save 25% Off Currently Available Reports

December 3, 2014

Through January 31, 2015, Newton-Evans Research is offering a 25% discount on all currently available 2014 and earlier reports. Click on the “Order Here” button and use the discount code “2014sale” at checkout to take advantage of this limited time offer, or give us a call at 410-465-7316 and mention this announcement when placing your […]

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Use of FDIR, Integrated Volt/Var Control, and Sensors on Distribution Feeders

November 17, 2014

The following information was excerpted from a Newton-Evans survey conducted in September 2010. A total of 47 utility officials from the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions responded to the survey participation request. For the majority of U.S.-based respondents, there was a good mix of utility representation by size and by type of utility. Approximately […]

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Distribution Automation: Communications for Feeder Automation

November 11, 2014

The following information was excerpted from a Newton-Evans survey conducted in September 2010. A total of 47 utility officials from the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions responded to the survey participation request. For the majority of U.S.-based respondents, there was a good mix of utility representation by size and by type of utility. Do […]

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Distribution Automation Apps That Will Share Network Space

October 28, 2014

In 2007, a Newton-Evans survey of electric utilities in North America showed that 65% of the sample planned to have capacitor bank control on the same telecommunications infrastructure as distribution automation. Thirty-eight percent said that Volt/Var optimization, demand management or voltage reduction applications will share the same telecoms as DA, and 13% indicated load balancing […]

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Newton-Evans Research Company plans to revisit the topic of Distribution Automation

October 16, 2014

Newton-Evans Research Company plans to revisit the topic of Distribution Automation (DA) by researching the market for DA field devices, communications methods, engineering service and Distribution Management Systems (DMS) applications software used in the control center, the substation, and on lines and poles. We will invite hundreds of North American electric transmission & distribution utilities […]

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2014 Autumn Electric Power Conference Season Well Underway

October 3, 2014

For the electric power industry, late summer through mid-autumn brings a number of conferences to the forefront each year or at least every two years. This year is no exception. From the international CIGRE Conference held in Paris every two years, to the annual EMMOS conference and Southeast Distribution Apparatus Conference, there are lessons to […]

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Ethernet in the Substation

August 27, 2014

Excerpts from this 2014 Newton-Evans study of the world market for substation automation show some interesting trends regarding the use of Ethernet networks in substations around North America. Some of these trends include: Electric utilities in North America are showing increased interest in IEEE 1613 as a requirement for Ethernet switches and routers Single network […]

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