Sensus has been chosen to provide equipment and services for PPL Electric Utilities' Remote Operator Controlled Switch program which has been approved for system-wide use.
PPL Electric Utilities, which provides electricity delivery services to about 1.4 million customers in Pennsylvania, wanted to reduce customer outage minutes by having system operators identify fault locations and sectionalize circuits before its crews arrived on the scene.
After a successful pilot program in which the utility installed the Sensus Telemetric MicroRTU along with faulted circuit indicators and Cleaveland/Price distribution-class motor operators on existing air-break switches, the utility approved the equipment for use on its entire distribution system. The Sensus solution provides fast, reliable two-way communication of information to the utility.
In addition, the Sensus Telemetric MicroRTU reports fluctuations in voltage conditions as well as momentary and continuing outages, all of which benefit distribution engineers and system operators. The product is interoperable with SCADA/EMS/DMS systems using industry standard DNP 3.0 protocol (a NIST identified Smart Grid protocol) and can use existing assets for distribution automation with no need for new development.