Martha Dodge, senior director of smart grid projects for PPL Electric Utilities says, “From smart grid technology innovations to rebates, incentives and education, we are always driving new ways to improve performance for our customers. The smart grid improvements we’re making will deliver real benefits for the customers who count on us each day.”
GE’s distribution management system was initially developed for the United Kingdom, where it controls more than 80 percent of the distribution grid. This software solution is part of GE’s Grid IQ initiative which is dedicated to modernize the world’s electric infrastructure. In the United States alone, power interruptions and disturbances cost the economy approximately $80 billion each year.
Bob Gilligan, General Electric Energy Services vice president of digital energy, notes, “Electric infrastructure upgrades, like PPL Electric Utilities’, can deliver dramatic advantages to a region. More reliable, efficient and cleaner energy creates a more attractive environment for businesses and consumers—spurring economic development and improving lifestyles.”
GE says its network management software “collects and analyzes information from across the power grid to control the flow of electricity in response to ever-changing demand.” Some of its features include outage management technology that determines the source of a power outage and automatically routes electricity around it; grid efficiency technology that balances the loading of power lines in response to real-time power needs; and renewable energy integration solutions that facilitate integration into power generated by rooftop solar panels and local wind turbines.
PPL Electric Utilities (www.pplelectric.com), a subsidiary of PPL Corporation, provides electric delivery services to 1.4 million customers in 29 counties of eastern and central Pennsylvania.
GE Energy (www.ge.com/energy) is one of the world’s leading suppliers of power generation and energy delivery technologies.