Changes in the energy landscape, driven by smart meters and renewable energy sources such as solar and wind, have caused a shift in power consumption patterns which consequently impact the transmission and distribution (T&D) ecosystem. Moreover, given the impact that weather phenomena such as hurricanes and floods can have on power-related infrastructure, the need for a robust strategy to safeguard the power and utility assets is evident—be it the grids or T&D infrastructure. While IoT-enabled asset management solutions for monitoring grids are widespread, it is vital to adopt a similar approach to monitor line overloading and skin effects on distribution infrastructure, which increase conductor resistance and result in greater T&D losses for utilities.
New age technologies such as AI, IoT, and analytics hold the key to solving the challenges encountered by the utilities. Consequently, there are holistic T&D management solutions capable of predicting the likelihood of surges in power consumption well in advance to optimally adjust the line loads to prevent a crisis. Another crucial advancement in T&D management solutions is the implementation of integrated weather forecasting features that help companies initiate precautionary measures and prevent power outages due to crippled storage and distribution infrastructure. Moreover, given the prevalence and impact of mobile applications, several T&D solution providers are now providing user-friendly apps with state-of-the-art dashboards to bring more flexibility to the handling of operations. The dynamism of the T&D management arena has certainly caught the attention of decision-makers in utility companies, who are strategizing to revamp their infrastructure for T&D asset management and monitoring.
In order to help the C-suite executives of utility companies, a distinguished panel comprising CIOs, CEOs, CTOs, analysts and the Utilities Tech Outlook editorial board, has reviewed numerous T&D solution providers and selected the outstanding ones. The companies have been identified based on the quality of their solutions and services, besides client satisfaction record.
In this edition of Utility Tech Outlook we present to you the “Top 10 Transmission and Distribution Solution Providers – 2018.”