Jan 2017
Electricity Distribution
Secondary Communications Phase 2 - Consultancy Engagement
Jan 2017
Jan 2018
SP Energy Networks and SP Distribution
Brian Thomas, Watson Peat
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Network Innovation Allowance
Stakeholder Engagement
The project is split into 12 tasks:
  1. Confirm Trial site location.
  2. Define Scope of trial at PNDC.
  3. Report on Detail of hardware and software solution.
  4. Report on detail of 4G/IOT solution.
  5. Produce Draft costing proposal.
  6. Analyse similarities between communications for Secondary Automation and for full smart grid enablement.
  7. Finalise Test and Development Licence for communication frequency.
  8. Investigate cybersecurity compliance.
  9. Investigate Protocol conversion for legacy compatibility
  10. Analyse existing and new telemetry systems.
  11. Engage with GE's Poweron Fusion team regarding their vision of smart grids, and their communication requirements.
  12. Produce a costed proposal for implementation.

The project will have three deliverables:

1) Analysis documents for Smart Grid Communication requirements

2) Draft Costing proposal for network Trials

3) Costed and specified Implementation proposal for the communication system.

This will also be useful for other electricity licensees

The delivery of the above objectives, within budget and within agreed timelines, as is reasonable depending on the knowledge at this stage of the development phase.

The project will be managed within SPEN applying due diligence and best practices where appropriate.

The staged outcomes will include reports and specifications available for other licencees.

A clear follow up strategy should be defined as part of the delivery