GE tech helps manage electric power grids, boost reliability

GE’s Multilin DGCM Field RTU monitors distribution assets to determine load constraints and overloading conditions in the network

General Electric (GE) is making available its Multilin DGCM Field Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) to help utilities improve network efficiency and reliability by monitoring and automating distribution assets. Electric power grids are under more stress than ever before —not only is more energy being pulled from the grid, distributed technologies, such as wind and solar energy, are pushing energy back onto the grid, making energy management more complex.

GE’s Multilin DGCM Field RTU monitors distribution assets to determine load constraints and overloading conditions in the network, helping utilities better understand grid conditions to reduce outages and equipment damage. If faults do occur, utilities can use customizable control schemes to reduce the time required to bring the lights back on, lowering repair costs and helping improve customer satisfaction. Visual fault detection, communicated by operators to field crews, helps locate failed equipment faster making power restoration quicker.

GE’s RTU can log equipment operating parameters so that power system engineers can make immediate and long term planning decisions. It also helps to identify feeders that are exposed to electricity theft. Applicable to both new equipment and retrofit applications, GE’s Multilin Field RTU also supports most wired and wireless communication architectures. Integration into SCADA, OMS and DMS systems is a seamless and straightforward process.

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