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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 will also use the same infrastructure. One quarter of the respondents to this survey cited “other” applications such as AMI, fault location, and station alarms.  We are revisiting this question and obtaining status and plans related to many more DA topics and issues during the fourth quarter of 2014.

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In designing a Distribution Automation system, controls and/or logic can be control center based, substation based, or field based. The 2007 Newton-Evans survey asked electric utilities, “Which type of controls are you planning for feeder automation?”

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Since completion of the 2007 study, Newton-Evans has conducted several proprietary studies on DA topics, both from a field equipment perspective as well as from a DMS perspective.  Our current study is now being readied for North American-wide utility participation in a comprehensive survey format.    During mid-2014, Newton-Evans also published its series of nine comprehensive DA market segment overviews on key market components including DA/DMS systems, control devices for reclosers and capacitors, voltage regulators, fault current indicators, pole-top RTUs, line mount monitoring devices, DA communications options and DA engineering and consulting services.

For more information on Newton-Evans DA research (including the new study of the North American market for DA, planned for late January 2015 availability) see our reports page and the article below.

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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 to participate in a survey of Distribution Automation hardware, software and communications infrastructure.

The results of this survey will be combined with Newton-Evans’ discussions with DA vendors and manufacturers and published in a report titled “Distribution Automation 2015-2020: North American Utility Perspectives, Market Outlook and Analysis.” This report – available in January of 2015 – will be a comprehensive market overview of the automation aspects of electric distribution networks and supporting infrastructure. The scope of this research project will also include estimates of growth in the communications infrastructure needed to support this increased deployment of DA hardware and software.

Research Methodology
The study will include several weeks of survey-based research with major and mid-size utilities, requesting their insights regarding DA plans through 2020. This study will also include secondary research to learn about documented plans for DA among North American utilities.

The final report, “Distribution Automation 2015-2020: North American Utility Perspectives, Market Outlook and Analysis” will measure current market sizes, provide estimates and outlooks of demand for distribution automation equipment through 2020, and showcase a selection of major product vendors and service providers in the DA marketplace.

(Download a .pdf brochure here)

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2014 Autumn Electric Power Conference Season Well Underway

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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

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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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What to Expect Next: Potential Synergies of the Alstom (Power and Grid) Acquisition by General Electric

July 14, 2014

As many long-term readers of Newton-Evans’ reports and articles knew from our assessment reported in 2009 there were back then three major contenders for the $7 billion Transmission and Distribution business units of the old Areva T&D Corporation. These were the American firm General Electric, the French corporate combination of Alstom and Schneider Electric, and […]

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U.S. Sales of Distribution Automation Components, Including Equipment, Systems and Services, Estimated at more than $700 Million in 2013, Forecast to Increase to $950 Million by 2016

June 4, 2014

Newton-Evans Research Publishes New Edition of Nine Market Snapshot Reports on Distribution Automation Topics Covering the Electric Power Industry in the United States. June 4, 2014. Ellicott City, Maryland. The Newton-Evans Research Company has announced its latest publication of a set of 9 U.S. distribution automation market two-page summaries. The new series of market overview […]

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U.S. Sales of Medium Voltage Equipment, Components and Related Services Accounted for More than $11 Billion in 2013, Forecast to Reach $13 Billion by 2016.

May 19, 2014

May 19, 2014. Ellicott City, Maryland. The Newton-Evans Research Company has announced the publication of a series of 18 electric power distribution market two-page snapshot market summaries. The new series of market overview reports (executive market summaries) includes supplier listings, representative products, and estimated market size for each topic, vendor market share estimates and market […]

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More Estimates on The U.S. Market for Distrubution Automation

May 19, 2014

From 2008 onward, Newton-Evans Research Company has completed one or two client-based, proprietary studies each year to provide mid-term and longer-term outlooks for one or more components of the burgeoning Distribution Automation market comprised of U.S.-based electric power utilities. The primary focus of these studies has centered on various DA field equipment types and associated […]

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Transmission and Distribution Equipment and Systems: Facts and Figures

May 7, 2014

Newton-Evans Research Company has completed hundreds of studies encompassing most aspects of the U.S. transmission and distribution equipment and related information management, monitoring and control systems markets in the nearly 36 years of its existence. During the second quarter of 2014, the company will again be publishing more than 85 T&D segment management summaries which […]

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Here We Go Again: Potential Synergies of an Alstom (Power and Grid) Acquisition by General Electric:

April 25, 2014

As many long-term readers of Newton-Evans’ reports and articles knew from our assessment reported in 2009 there were then three major contenders for the $7 billion Transmission and Distribution business units of the old Areva T&D Corporation. These were the American firm General Electric, the French corporate combination of Alstom and Schneider Electric, and the […]

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