MRO Magazine

Integrated Smart Grid Solution enables Nova Scotia Power to improve operational efficiency


June 9, 2015
By Bill Roebuck
Bill Roebuck


Mississauga, ON – Schneider Electric, a specialist in energy management, has announced that Nova Scotia Power has completed the implementation of an Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS)-based Outage Management System (OMS) that will allow the utility to more accurately locate faults and quickly manage customer outage incidents resulting in improved restoration and reliability in its electric distribution network.

The utility’s new ADMS will allow them to better react to outages, and with Distribution Management System (DMS) applications, be more informed in regards to grid observation and outage predictions.

A major advantage of utilizing an OMS capable of DMS analysis is the ability to assist with fault locations and isolations. With a traditional OMS, when a fault in the network occurs, a utility needs to manually create a plan to isolate the problem before implementing safe and electrically sound restoration plans based on the current state of the electric grid. Because Schneider Electric OMS is able to model current network loads in real time and look ahead at forecasted network loading, the OMS is able to automatically create switch orders and integrate with its current standard protection requirements, reducing a significant amount of outage time and improving Estimated Time to Restore (ETR) information for utility customers.