Electric utilities of all types and sizes are implementing advanced distribution management systems (ADMS) that support computer assisted decision making and control for improved efficiency, reliability, power quality, and overall performance of their electric power grid. ADMS is especially important for isolated communities and islands that rely heavily on distributed generators, including intermittent renewables (solar, wind, etc.), for supplying a high percentage of their consumed energy. The ADMS can assist these utility companies through direct control of these resources as well as selective deployment and control of energy storage device in an optimal manner to achieve company operating and business objectives. The ADMS also supports management of microgrids that serve isolated portions of the power grid and areas that experience frequent outages. The proposed presentation provides an overview of ADMS functions and technologies, describes the expected benefits for island and isolated utilities, identifies common barriers to success, and identifies strategies for overcoming these barriers. The session also includes a presentation by Jamaica Public Service describing their recent experience with ADMS deployment.
- Introduction to ADMS for Island/Isolated Communities
- Key terms and definitions
- ADMS building blocks (SCADA, distribution automation, application software, outage management, DERMS)
- Important functions (distribution SCADA, application functions, outage management, DER and microgrid management)
- Expected ADMS benefits (reliability, efficiency, power quality, workforce safety and productivity, others)
- ADMS Implementation strategy
- Needs analysis (identify desired future state based on business needs)
- Technology assessment (current state versus future state gap analysis)
- Implementation approach (phased strategy, project dependencies, resource requirements, joint procurement by several smaller utilities with similar needs)
- Business case (do expected benefits outweigh costs?)
- Jamaica Public Service Experience
- Project history and status
- Benefits realized
- Lessons learned
Managers, Distribution Operations personnel, engineers, IT personnel, and other groups that are stakeholders at islanded/isolated electric utilities who are contemplating installing SCADA and distribution management applications (including distributed generation and storage facilities, and/or microgrids) on their electric distribution system.
Knowledge of distribution operations and business needs at island/isolated electric utility companies is essential. Some background in Information technology (IT) and supervisory control principals is desirable.
MEET THE PRESENTERS
Bob Uluski has over 40 years of experience in electric utility Transmission and Distribution (T&D) automation systems. His experience includes planning and implementing energy storage, microgrid control systems, advanced distribution management systems (DMS), feeder automation systems, substation automation, protective relay systems, and distributed resource energy management systems (DERMS).
Bob has helped numerous North American and International electric utilities to plan, design, and implement computer and communication systems for automating distribution feeders and T&D substations, along with DMS and enterprise level systems that make optimal use of these automation facilities. Bob is also a recognized expert in developing the business case for implementing these systems.
Bob has considerable experience in conducting tutorials on Distribution Automation technologies and advanced applications for DMS, having presented many training courses on the subject at DistribuTECH, NRECA TechAdvantage, IEEE, EUCI, and others. Bob has also presented a course on DA fundamentals and Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR) principles for the Ohio Public Utility Commission members.
In 2010, the IEEE Power and Energy Society awarded Bob the Douglas M. Staszesky Distribution Automation award in recognition of significant contribution to the deployment of Distribution Automation in the electric utility industry. Bob is a Registered professional engineer in states of Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.
Manuel Atanacio is an Executive Consultant with a distinguished career in the energy industry, with over 31 years of total experience. Mr. Atanacio worked for over a decade in key operational functions of an electric utility in electric system operations and management of Bulk Transmission System Networks, Bulk Power Generation, Distribution Systems, Energy Management Systems, and SCADA systems. Leveraging that background, Mr. Atanacio has assisted numerous domestic and international customers since 1997 in the fields of Electric Power Systems, Control Systems and Market Operations Consulting, and Grid Modernization.
Mr. Atanacio’s areas of expertise include:
- EMS/ADMS/SCADA Consulting
- Transmission and Distribution Power Systems Operations
- Control Center Operations and Design
- North American Electricity Markets
- Electric Industry Re-structuring
- Operational Readiness and Change Management
- Project Management
- IEC Common Information Model
- IT/OT Integration
Prior to joining ESTA International, he worked for Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, KEMA Consulting (now DNV GL), Utility Integration Solutions / Alstom Grid and Quanta Technology. Manuel is an IEEE PES Senior Member since 2008.
Rick Case has over 29 years in the electric utility industry and is currently the Director of Engineering Services at the Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd where he has the awesome responsibility for “Engineering the Grid of the Future!” This includes the medium to long term grid planning, engineering and construction for the Transmission and Distribution Systems, System Protection and Control, the Integration and Interconnection of Renewable Energy Projects, Engineering Standards, Metering and Measurement accuracy, High Voltage Testing and the development and deployment Geographical Information Systems (GIS) throughout the enterprise.
He was previously the Director of System Operations where he modernized grid management with the introduction of SMARTER GRID technologies improving Situational Awareness, Real-Time decision support and the response of the grid to maintain Safety, Security, Reliability and Economics as well as preparing the company for increased Flexible operations.
He a is registered Professional Engineer, Project Management Professional and a technical consultant to various officers within the company and works as the Director of System Restoration on the Central Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) for disaster management and grid restoration.
He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Power Systems (first class) from University of Technology, a Master of Science in Computer Based Management Information Systems (Hon.) from the University of the West Indies, an Executive Master of Science degree in the Management of Sporting Organizations (MEMOS) from the International Olympic Committee; professional certificates in Modern Energy Management Systems from Georgia Institute of Technology and SMART GRID Modeling and Control for island Utilities from University of Hawaii, Manoa.
Bryan Johnson has been with the Jamaica Public Service Company Ltd (JPS), a vertically integrated utility and the sole distributor of electricity on the island of Jamaica, for over 22 years. During this time, he has operated in various capacities as a Planning Engineer, Grid Operator and EMS Application Engineer. In his current role as Manager of the Grid Management System Department, he is responsible for the development, deployment and integration of real-time grid management systems across the enterprise and leads a group of forward thinking, dynamic engineers and IT specialists who supports the mission. He believes that teamwork makes the dream work and only your best is good enough.
He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Power Systems from University of Technology and a professional certificate in Modern Energy Management Systems from Georgia Institute of Technology.
David Clarke joined the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) team in 2001 and has worked in various areas across the company, inclusive of Generation, Transmission and Distribution. He has held the position of Distribution Management System (DMS) Engineer for the past four years, having worked as a part of the team to introduce this technology to JPS. As a DMS Engineer, one of David’s focus is to constantly improve the ways in which the company manages its distribution network by adding Advanced Distribution Technologies.
Previously, David worked as a Distribution Planning Engineer where he was responsible for the medium to long-term expansion of the distribution network. He also has experience in Generation Systems, having worked at one the Company’s generating plant.
David obtained a Batchelor of Engineering Degree (Electrical Power) from the University of Technology, Jamaica, and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the Florida International University.