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February 8, 2016 - SAS
SAS ® helps customers like Salt River Project minimize downtime and forecast power-grid demand
DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition, Orlando, FL (Feb. 8, 2016) - The electric power grid is more distributed than ever, with energy both generated and used by diverse sources ranging from solar panels to electric vehicles. The resulting complexity of the grid challenges its overall reliability.
To manage this complexity and improve reliability, utilities are deploying sensors to give real-time data about location, performance, weather and other factors affecting their power generation and distribution assets. Applying analytics to data streamed from these connected devices - part of the Internet of Things, or IoT - provides crucial information needed to predict asset and overall grid performance, and prevent outages of critical equipment.
At DistribuTECH, SAS and OSIsoft are showcasing how predictive analytics from SAS and infrastructure-management software from OSIsoft can transform asset data from IoT connected devices into an optimized grid.
Salt River Project (SRP), a public power company serving the Phoenix metropolitan area, relies on this integration between SAS and OSIsoft.
For a third of the year, the Arizona Valley desert is a blistering 100 degrees or more. SRP understands that demand on the power grid during these scorching days is as high as the mercury. To help customers stay cool, SRP uses SAS® Analytics and the PI System software from OSIsoft to chart the future of asset performance and its impact on grid reliability.
Looking to the future is a big piece of SRP's commitment to its customers. Driven by powerful SAS Analytics applied to IoT data, the utility can meet customer demand, optimize system performance and minimize downtime required for maintenance on connected equipment. For example, the utility uses SAS to analyze data from hundreds of thousands of machine sensors to predict when combustion turbines will require maintenance.
“Reliability is critical for our customers and our business,” said Steve Petruso, Senior Software Developer in SRP's Supply and Trading Group. “SAS powers our ability to forecast, plan and update in real time, helping Salt River Project keep the lights on for our customers, and the grid reliable whether the temperature is 75 or 105 degrees in Phoenix.”
SAS Analytics also allows SRP to use data captured in the PI System to forecast available power supply and demand over the next five years so it can accurately buy power to make up shortfalls or sell excess energy.
As the Internet of Things becomes prevalent in the energy industry, a key challenge facing many utilities is the integration of streaming and business data from connected equipment. The growing amount of data generated from sensors on monitoring equipment is plentiful, but it is only one piece of the puzzle. Sensor data, paired with data-driven analytics helps utilities like SRP make timely, auditable improvements to performance.
SAS has collaborated with OSIsoft, a leading manufacturer of software for real-time data infrastructure solutions, to bring sensor-based data together with other contextual data sources to help make faster, better decisions about equipment maintenance.
For more information on how SAS applies predictive analytics and the Internet of Things to improve grid reliability, visitbit.do/SASIoT. To support the energy industry and other areas more comprehensively, SAS will release a suite of IoT products in the spring of 2016.
SAS can be found at DistribuTECH Conference & Exhibition Feb. 9-11 in the booths of its partners OSIsoft (Booth 808) and Intel (Booth 1055).
SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative analytics, business intelligence and data management software and services, SAS helps customers at more than 80,000 sites make better decisions faster. Since 1976, SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®.
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OSIsoft, a global leader in operational intelligence, delivers an open enterprise infrastructure to connect sensor-based data, operations and people to enable real-time and actionable insights. As the maker of the PI System, OSIsoft empowers companies across a range of industries in activities such as exploration, extraction, production, generation, process and discrete manufacturing, distribution and services to leverage streaming data to optimize and enrich their businesses. For over thirty years, OSIsoft customers have embraced the PI System to deliver process, quality, energy, regulatory compliance, safety, security and asset health improvements across their operations. Founded in 1980, OSIsoft is a privately-held company, headquartered in San Leandro, California, U.S.A, with offices around the world.
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