Alstom has installed a new power Distribution Management System (DMS) at Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) in Wisconsin, USA. The system streamlines the flow of electricity to the utility’s 139,000 customers in and around the Wisconsin state capital. With this new smart control room technology, MGE technicians have better visibility into the real-time operational status of their electricity network. Using grid optimization applications, operators can run the network closer to its full rated capacity and make outage restoration decisions based on real-time intelligence.
Alstom’s e-terradistribution software boosts the accuracy of power flow predictions – a major priority for MGE. Control room operators will use the system to analyze the impact of planned or anticipated conditions by identifying voltage levels and power flows across all segments of the MGE grid.
“MGE operates a complicated grid that includes dozens of distributed power generation sites spread across a densely-populated urban area,” said Karim El Naggar, Alstom Grid Vice President, Network Management Solutions. “Our team has worked closely with MGE engineers in configuring Alstom’s DMS to provide more accurate snapshots of that system and empower them to better manage complex power distribution pathways.”
Activating this new DMS is MGE’s first step towards deploying Alstom’s full Integrated Distribution Management System. Load and Volt/Var management (LVM) and a series of modules to accelerate the location and restoration of power outages are scheduled to go online later this year.