BRIDGE Energy Group’s Grid Reliability practice enables utilities envision, architect, and implement operations technologies to solve their toughest business challenges in outage management. We specialize in systems and technologies that reduce outage time, increase operational efficiency, and ensure grid reliability.
Insufficient information about power outages, infrastructure damage, and available resources makes it difficult to plan, execute and communicate system restoration quickly and efficiently following a major storm or crisis. BRIDGE’s business, information technology and operational technology consulting and integration services have been used to solve these challenges by:
Our domain experts in OT and IT systems have worked with utilities such as Northeast Utilities to manage enterprise OMS implementations and gain a rapid understanding of outage and damage scope, clearly track and communicate fact-based restoration and scale OT and IT systems to perform effectively for large and small events. The BRIDGE team is helping clients including BC Hydro to improve outage management and capture business case benefits by integrating smart metering infrastructure with an outage management system for grid efficiency.
The limited ability to manage numerous voltage and reactive power control devices throughout the distribution system to achieve voltage and VAR optimization (VVO) and conservation voltage regulation (CVR) makes it a challenge for utilities to change the shape of peak demand in the future.
BRIDGE’s business and technical experts provide an independent assessment of the impact and benefits of planned or ongoing VVO/CVR programs or initiatives to:
Utilities have relied on BRIDGE’s consulting and integration services for specification and selection of CVR solutions that provide energy efficiency and peak demand reduction benefits, reduce distribution system losses and improve system power factor and provide clear visibility into distribution voltage profiles to ensure compliance with operating standards.
A clear view of a constantly changing power system is critical to reliable and efficient operation of the transmission system, particularly with more renewable energy online and increasingly complex energy markets.
BRIDGE is working with utilities and grid operators at the forefront of applying technologies and applications for advanced transmission operations including:
Our team is working with the Western Electricity Coordinating Council as the Program Management Office and architect of the Western Interconnection Synchrophasor Program, the largest synchrophasor technology deployment project in North America. This project will help utilities and grid operators throughout the Western Interconnection improve situational awareness to ensure grid reliability while making the most efficient use of energy resources throughout the west.