Today, most utility operations have the data and infrastructure they need to achieve situational awareness. What they lack is the time, manpower, and integrated technology necessary to attain real-time decisions. With actionable intelligence, utility leaders and their team members can make quicker, more informed decisions to improve system reliability and, ultimately, customer satisfaction.
The secret to making that a reality? Grid monitoring technology.
Ron Kirker, former utility engineer for SDG&E, NIPSCO, and NV Energy, explains how and why smart grid sensor technology combined with software, such as in the Aclara Grid Monitoring platform, can be an economical and effective tool for utility operators to predict and reduce outages, manage assets, monitor substations, and more. With the right grid monitoring technology in place, utilities can improve system reliability, including power quality, and increase customer satisfaction.
You will learn:
- Practical and simple approaches to simultaneously improve customer satisfaction and system reliability
- Case study examples of how smart sensor technology has helped other utilities meet and exceed reliability and customer satisfaction goals at a fraction of the cost of other solutions in the market
- The many benefits of deploying smart grid sensors on distribution overhead feeder getaways and midpoints
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Ron Kirker, P.E., Senior Member IEEE PES
Aclara – Sales Director
Ron is a 1987 graduate from UMass Lowell with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and was a Senior Engineer at NV Energy through 2019. He worked in the company’s Distribution Planning department and in the Integrated Grid Planning group. His focus was on distribution-related energy storage and generation facilities and their impact on NV Energy’s distribution system. Previously, he worked for several utilities and other private companies. Ron has held positions in manufacturing, field applications, and engineering, working on projects ranging from product development to product applications; notably, centralized capacitor bank control, transformer corrosion mitigation, distribution automation, SAIDI Improvement, and grid monitoring.
Jim Jurkovec (Host)
VP, Enterprise Account Sales