Salt River Project is the oldest multipurpose federal reclamation project in the United States, serving central Arizona since 1903. As one of the nation's largest public power utilities, SRP provides electricity to more than one million retail customers in a 2,900-square-mile service area. With such a large customer-base, SRP has inherited a great responsibility to deliver reliable power as efficiently as possible. This requires both a diligent workforce and powerful system operation tools. As with most electric utilities, SRP utilizes an Energy Management System to allow dispatchers to monitor real-time grid information sent from the field. However, by merely viewing these numbers as they come in, only a finite value of data is being harnessed.
This presentation will detail how SRP leveraged this data to optimize operations using the PI System. Every day, new uses for the PI System are being discovered utilizing the vast portfolio of components (Asset Framework, Notifications, Asset Analytics, etc.). A few applications that will be covered are the performance analytics of Remote Terminal Units, time-based alerting for oil temperature in transformers, and loss calculation for the adjustment of corporate pricing. Through the use of the PI System, SRP is constantly finding opportunities to transform reactive processes into proactive processes, ensuring dependable operation of the dynamic power system."