Monitoring power plant performance in real-time is essential to stay competitive in market based bulk electric system. Maintaining equipment reliability with dwindling resources, regulatory and environmental compliance are some of the challenges electric utilities face today. DTE Energy has been addressing these challenges with effective use of technology turning data in to actionable information. Using its ‘Technology Framework’ as a roadmap, DTE Energy has implemented several layers of technologies with PI System data as their backbone. The amalgamation of people, processes and systems at the fleet-wide monitoring center using real-time operational data, predictive monitoring and market interface is helping DTE Energy to meet these challenges.
Sumanth Mankunur holds BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Orleans. Makunur is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and a Lead Engineer with 14 years of experience in Process Controls & Technology at DTE Energy. He has provided technical leadership to an engineering group that has developed and implemented a Process Control & Technology Framework that enables a fleet-wide Performance Center to optimize DTE Energy’s generation assets.