(DA) is a family of technologies, including sensors, processors,
information and communication networks, and switches, through which a
utility can collect, automate, analyze, and optimize data to improve the
operational efficiency of its distribution power system.
encompass the components and systems used to supervise, measure,
monitor, and control electrical loads on distribution systems and at
distribution substations, including:
- Asset optimization
- Automated and interconnected equipment
- Demand optimization
- Distribution optimization
- Distribution system monitoring, control and analysis software
- Information and communications technology networks
- Test equipment and systems for product certification and conformity acceptance.
automation can improve the speed, cost, and accuracy of several key
distribution system processes, including fault detection, feeder
switching, and outage management; voltage monitoring and control;
reactive power management; preventative equipment maintenance for
critical substation and feeder line equipment; and grid integration of
distributed energy resources.
NEMA Members create and pursue
market opportunities through regular interaction with such DA industry
stakeholders as equipment manufacturers, software developers and network
providers. They enjoy access to a broad base of potential customers
through engagement with industry associations that include the Edison
Electric Institute and American Public Power Association.