Alabama Power to Present Medium Voltage Sensor Findings & Distribution Automation ‘Lessons Learned’ at IEEE Power Energy Society Meeting July 27, 2011

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Power factor, power quality, & phase balance intelligent from distribution lines to be discussed

“Having real-time voltage, current, and power factor data allows utilities like Alabama Power to effectively manage the efficiency, reliability, and demand response of their distribution systems,” says Stephen Prince, CEO of Optisense.

OPTISENSE Networks, LLC., a leading producer of MV optical current and voltage sensors for Smart Grid optimization, announced its attendance at the IEEE Power Energy Society Meeting and support of Alabama Power, July 24 – 29, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.

”OPTISENSE is excited to support Alabama Power as they present their ‘lessons learned’ regarding Medium Voltage sensors for the Smart Grid on July 27,” says Stephen Prince, CEO of OPTISENSE. “Intelligence beyond the substation is a critical component of Volt/VAR Optimization, fault detection and service restoration, and conservation voltage reduction – as well as the deferment of new generation capacity.”

“Over the past twenty years, Alabama Power has been testing and deploying medium voltage sensors to determine the ‘health’ of their distribution system, including power factor, power quality (voltage sag and surge), and phase balance at multiple points on their feeders,” notes Prince.

“Having real-time voltage, current and power factor data allows utilities like Alabama Power to effectively manage the efficiency, reliability, and demand response of their distribution systems,” says Prince. “Depending upon a utility’s number of customers, power demand, and feeder lengths, conservation voltage reduction and efficiency improvement offers significant annual savings.

“Utilities engineers are seeking options to better manage demand, resources, and infrastructure costs,” notes Prince. “Any extension of asset life or increased control of equipment deployed in the field has a significant financial effect. As an early adopter of MV sensors, Alabama Power has used this real-time data to target resources, improve system reliability, and more accurately manage load across their service territory.

OPTISENSE will host a reception for IEEE PES attendees on Wednesday, July 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. where IEEE members can discuss the OptiSensor’s™ test results from an independent industry test lab and the “lessons learned” at Alabama Power. Please contact Trey Beasley, Director of Sales with OPTISENSE at+1.469.587.7105, (m) +1.214.335.4883 or tbeasley(at)optisense(dot)net for the suite location of the reception.

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