Electrical Utilities have one common concern, maintaining the quality of supply to the customer. Power Quality problems at a network level can have significant and expensive consequences, with estimated costs (direct and consequential) that range from $118 billion to $188 billion in the US per annum and to exceed €150 billion in the EU per annum.
According to industry consultants many utilities are addressing power quality in an ad hoc manner. This means resolving problems as they become apparent to customers through interruptions or machine failure.
We were approached by ESB Networks to develop a network management tool as they were facing unprecedented challenges with the impact of large scale integration of renewable generation sources to its network. The have a constant need to manage and maintain high Power Quality standards across their network, and wanted to understand how it was performing against these challenges and ideally to identify problem areas before they became significant.