This paper focuses on Distribution Automation (DA), specifically “Feeder Automation” (as opposed to stations). The study draws from the available experiences of the industry's utilities and vendors, as well as the experiences and professional judgments of the Principal Investigators. The report identifies the risks and measures to implement a DA system from a practical standpoint that has proven to be successful in the past. A literature review of published standards, framework documents, and case studies accompanies a review of Feeder Automation vendors. A survey – completed by twenty-three utilities – documents existing concerns, known obstacles, and “lessons learned” from utilities that have worked through a DA rollout project. The study’s final product is a formulaic approach to working through a DA project from a practical standpoint that has proven to be successful in the past.
Feeder Automation, Distribution Automation, Smart Grid, Rollout