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The following is excerpted from the Newton-Evans Research study, “World Market Study of SCADA, Energy Management Systems, Distribution Management Systems and Outage Management Systems in Electric Utilities: 2013-2015.” Read more about it on our reports page here.

Do you have any interest in combining EMS and DMS on a common platform?
In 2013, utility interest in combining these two systems was observed to be about the same as it was in 2010. A total of 26% of respondents had interest or had already combined their EMS and DMS systems. In 2010, 27% of utilities surveyed expressed an interest in doing this. Cooperatives showed less interest in combining, while Investor Owned utilities had more interest.


(Summary from the 2012 survey)

In the 2010 survey, there was some interest in combining EMS and DMS on a single platform; 27% of respondents answered “yes” they had an interest in combining the two. There was more interest among Canadian respondents (36%), IOUs and public power utilities (each at 32%), compared with only 13% of cooperatives (this sub-group of distribution cooperatives is less likely to use EMS technologies). Similarly, larger utilities were somewhat more interested in this combination of EMS and DMS than were smaller utilities.

Do you have any interest in combining DMS and OMS on a common platform?
Similar to what had been reported in the 2010 study, the 2013 study indicated that 41% of utilities either have interest in combining DMS and OMS (36%), or have already combined them (5%).

Do you have any interest in combining DMS and OMS on a common platform?
(Summary from the 2012 survey)

Overall, 40% of the 92 utilities responding to this part of question 3 expressed interest in a combined DMS/OMS platform. The highest level of interest was noted among Canadian respondents (64%); the lowest amount of interest was among U.S. cooperatives (17%). Fifty percent of utilities serving more than one million customers were interested in combining DMS and OMS capabilities on a single platform. Questions 3a and 3b are new questions added to the 2010 survey.

U.S. Market for Feeder Protection Relays

by Editor on April 4, 2014

According to GE Digital Energy, a feeder protection relay can provide primary circuit protection on distribution networks and backup/auxiliary protection for transformers, generators and motors. With a total estimated market of about $60 million in direct sales to the nation’s electric utilities, this total is expected to grow to $72 million by the end of 2014. Modern (digital/numeric) feeder relays are a key segment of the overall substation modernization and distribution automation equipment market. Feeder relays are just one of 84 types of electric T&D equipment and services discussed in the Newton-Evans report series, Overview of the U.S. Transmission and Distribution Equipment Market, which is presently being updated to reflect year-end 2013 U.S. market values and provide market forecasts and outlook through year-end 2016.  This summary of feeder relay activity is typical of the information contained in each of the 84 reports.  Market segment shares for suppliers are also provided in each report.  Here are a few of Newton-Evans’ observations on this important market segment taken from the 2011 market overview series as well as the Worldwide Study of the Protective Relay Marketplace In Electric Utilities: 2012-2014.

Average Unit Price Range:
Distribution feeder relays have been recently priced between $900 and $1,800 depending on whether or not other features like over-current protection are included.

Major Manufacturers:
ABB: REF615R Feeder Protection and Control, REF series
Basler: BE1-11f system
Beckwith: M7651
Cooper (now owned by Eaton): iDP210
Eaton: CH-Series, E-Series
GE: M Family, SR 3 350, F650
SEL: 751, 751a, 351S
ZIV: IRV, DRV
ERLPhase: F-Pro

Findings from the Worldwide Study of the Protective Relay Marketplace In Electric Utilities: 2012-2014 Volume 1 – North American Market:
The 2012 survey findings suggested a likely increase in purchase plans for transmission line relays and distribution feeder relays. In 2012, as in previous studies, distribution feeder relays made up the largest portion of planned relay purchases over the 2012-2014 time frame. A significant share of all utility relay purchases (units) planned for this period were distribution feeder relays.

The earlier 2009 study findings had indicated that distribution feeder relays were the “best-selling” and most widely used type of protective relay within the utility segment, even though redundancy in the distribution grid was not nearly as common as found in transmission applications. About 40% of the total number of units planned for purchase during the forecast period was to be distribution feeder relays.

Digital vs. Electromechanical
In 2012 the survey respondents indicated that 60% of distribution feeder relays in their installed base  were digital/microprocessor relays. This percentage continues to grow as more digital relays are added to the current system every year. The earlier 2009 study observed that 53% of the installed base was digital, with 97% of planned unit purchases likely to be digital as well.  As recently as 1999, the split was 50-50 (electro-mechanical versus digital/numeric).


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U.S. Electric Transmission & Distribution Equipment Market Overview

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In 2014 Newton-Evans plans to update its U.S. T&D Equipment Market Overview report series to reflect market observations from 2013 and estimates for 2014-2016. This series of 2-3 page “top line” summaries will present the 2013 market shares for major participants in dollars and % of U.S. total. Each report will also present U.S. market […]

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Encryption of Substation Communication Protocols On The Rise in North American Electric Utilities

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Newton-Evans Releases First Volume of 2014-2016 Substation Automation Series

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The Newton-Evans Research Company has released findings from the North American volume (Volume 1) of its newly published four volume research series entitled: The World Market for Substation Automation and Integration Programs in Electric Utilities: 2014-2016. The new study compares the current round of research findings with several earlier substation modernization tracking studies conducted by […]

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Market Trends Digest

December 19, 2013

A special December 2013 edition of the Newton-Evans Research Company’s Market Trends Digest is now available on our website. This edition looks at some of the studies Newton-Evans has put together in 2013. Also, see some preliminary results from our study of the World Market for Substation Automation & Integration 2014-2016, and read two articles […]

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Newton-Evans Study Shows Cumulative Shipments Of HV/MV Instrument Transformers During 2013-2016 Will Approach $1.5 Billion

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According to a recent study published by Newton-Evans Research, the “Mid-2013 Assessment and Outlook for the North American Market for HV and MV Instrument Transformers,” the manufacturing of HV IT equipment has a high “concentration ratio” of suppliers. MV IT equipment manufacturing is less concentrated, and the market is supplied by several participants. Of the […]

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