Webinar Smart Grid Biz Case Fault Circuit Indicators Nov 2013

IEEE Power & Energy Society Webinar Series

Making a Smart Grid Business Case - Fault Circuit Indicators

November 21, 2013  2:00 pm eastern

Presented by Aleksandar Vukojevic of Baltimore Gas and Electric


The advances in communications and technology, have resulted in ever increasing number of available DA applications. In order to investigate the effect of fault circuit indicators with remote communications on the distribution system reliability, BGE utilized these devices as part of its Smart Grid Pilot Program. One of the most challenging questions regarding FCIs is how many of these devices need to be installed per feeder, at what locatiions they should be placed, and what benefits could be expected. BGE has invented a new approach to determing the optimal location and optimum number of FCIs on the distribution feeder. In addition, the methodology provides the expected CAIDI values, cost-benefit analysis and financial analysis that helps the creation of the business case for the FCI implementation across the whole system. Based on the patented methodology, BGE has partnered with Gridiant, a software company that provides applications for electric utilities, which has developed commercial grade software that BGE will use in full scale FCI implementation.


The Presenter:

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Aleksandar Vukojevic is a Principal Engineer in the Smart Grid Distribution Automation and Technology department at BGE. His duties involve developing requirements, new technology test plans, evaluation and piloting Smart Grid technologies, and leading business case developments for full scale implementation. In his career, Aleksandar has worked as a lead power systems engineer for Smart Grid Technologies at GE, field test engineer and transmission planning engineer at Georgia Power, and Smart Grid engineer and system protection controls engineer at BGE. He received a BS degree in applied mathematics from Kennesaw State University, BSEE and MSEE degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. Aleksandar’s work in the Smart Grid arena has resulted in numerous published patents and patent applications. In addition, he has authored several published articles, a book chapter, and has spoken at numerous conferences. He is EIT certified.