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Single Network for Multiple Smart Grid Services (ComEd)

With the passage of Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA), ComEd was required to improve its overall system reliability. In order to reach the goals outlined in the law, ComEd decided to leverage a common network for multiple applications, including advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), distribution automation (DA) and smart city programs. With a modernized communications infrastructure, the utility would be able to increase grid reliability by identifying problems faster, optimizing business processes, automating problem resolution and reducing truck rolls.

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  • SUPPLIER
  • Silver Spring Networks (Itron)
    Silver Spring Networks is a leading networking and solutions provider for the Internet of Things. Silver Spring’s pioneering IPv6 networking platform provides connectivity for a range of applications to some of the world’s leading utilities and major cities. Silver Spring’s open-standards platform enables multiple applications and services to leverage a common network, control, and data platform. With over 23.6 million devices connected on five continents Silver Spring’s platform supports a wide range of customers, including leading utilities such as Baltimore Gas & Electric, CitiPower & Powercor, Commonwealth Edison, Consolidated Edison, CPS Energy, Florida Power & Light, Jemena Electricity Networks Limited, Pacific Gas & Electric, Pepco Holdings, Progress Energy, and Singapore Power, and cities such as Copenhagen, Glasgow, and Paris.Year founded: 2002
  • INDUSTRIES
  • Energy
  • FUNCTIONS
  • Maintenance
  • CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
  • USE CASES
  • Advanced Metering Infrastructure
    Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) is an integrated network of sensors, Smart Meters, and software that empowers end users to monitor and control utilities such as water, gas, and electricity. AMI systems enable the measurement and visualization of time-specific data in real-time, which, combined with remote control capabilities, can help companies and households reduce overhead costs and more precisely track resource consumption. The application of AMI must be complemented by the utilization of advanced security systems to ensure that data and control capabilities cannot be tampered with. This is important because both direct billing and operational decisions are often determined by the data provides by an AMI system.
  • CUSTOMER
  • Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation, provides electrical service to more than 3.8 million customers in Chicago and northern Illinois, operating as the state’s largest electrical utility.

  • SOLUTION
  • 1. Advanced Metering (AMI) Solution ComEd’s integrated AMI solution provides two-way communications between customers and ComEd, enabling applications such as automated billing, remote disconnect and connect service operations, a customer web portal with near-real time consumption information, AMI-based outage management, meter hazard discovery, revenue assurance and dynamic pricing. 2. Distribution Automation (DA) Solution ComEd is implementing a five-year DA plan to improve outage management through better targeting of restoration crews to fault locations, enhanced asset tracking and faster power restoration through the automatic detection of faults and rerouting of power around the faults. 3. Small City Solution In 2015, ComEd began extending the use of its mesh network to support a smart street light pilot for 750 of the 176,000 ComEd owned fixtures in the Chicagoland area. The program equips energy efficient LED lighting fixtures with Silver Spring’s wireless monitoring and controls, leveraging the same smart grid network infrastructure used to support AMI and DA.

  • DATA COLLECTED
  • Electricity Meters, Gas Meters, Lighting, Power Consumption, Water Meter Readings
  • SOLUTION TYPE
  • SOLUTION MATURITY
  • Emerging (technology has been on the market for > 2 years)
  • OPERATIONAL IMPACT
  • Impact #1
    [Process Optimization - Predictive Maintenance]
    Enhances discovery of meter tamper and theft, and improves asset tracking for critical DA hardware
    Impact #2
    [Product Improvement - Customer Satisfaction]
    Enables customers to control usage and costs with innovative demand side management programs
    Impact #3
  • QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
  • Benefit #1

    Fewer and shorter outages delivered societal savings of $1.1 billion,and improved reliability, now in the top 10%

    Benefit #2

    Accelerated storm recovery performance reduces outages by 44%

    Benefit #3

    Reduces electricity delivery rates by $66.7 million, and reduces the cost of street lighting by 65%

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