Helping our clients implement and integrate technologies and processes that are aligned with tomorrow’s utility.
A Grid Modernization program frequently includes many complex utility engineering and operational topics, many times the scope of these efforts is not well understood by all of the stakeholders. Raising that level of understanding begins with gaining clarity on technologies and existing processes. This step is essential to reducing stakeholders’ potential fear, uncertainty and doubt which can drive resistance to change. Building on a common knowledge foundation creates an opportunity to gain support from all impacted stakeholders.
Managing technology change can be a daunting task if not properly architected from the beginning. For the past 50 years or more, utilities frequently have dealt with technology change in the power grid by not changing technology — following a philosophy of “don’t fix it if it isn’t broken.” Today there is an urgent need to integrate communications and computer technology as IT and OT converge, driven by the requirements to support both in-front of the meter advanced applications, such as Grid of Things and the behind the meter activities such as customer side Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and Microgrids.
Modern systems engineering techniques must be employed to ensure that individual sub-systems functions are clearly identified; their capabilities and operational processes are articulated; their data requirements source and targets are known and well-defined, and their points of interoperability are specified and implemented. With evolving systems architectures that are by driven these changes, we are able to identify best of breed technology that is available today to support those information requirements. EnerNex can help to ensure that systems-of-systems engineering concepts are followed, that available and appropriate standards for systems integration are applied and that a modern systems architecture is followed and adhered to that minimizes the risks associated with technology change.
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