GE’s Grid IQ Insight, developed as a result of working directly with the world’s largest utility companies, is able to provide utilities with crucial outage prevention and restoration information by monitoring factors such as social media outlets and weather patterns. It is able to scan mass amounts of text and images posted to social media websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, identifying and relaying outage related material to utilities quickly to minimize service disruptions for consumers. Grid IQ Insight also can analyze current and historical weather patterns. Using this information, the system can help utilities anticipate and prepare for severe weather-related service interruptions.In addition to its Grid IQ Insight analytical software, GE offers utilities an advanced grid management system, its Grid IQ “Solutions as a Service” (SaaS), to help modernize electrical grid systems and meet expanding capacity, environmental and security needs. This cloud-based package of testing and consultation services allows appliances, smart meters and utilities to talk to each other, enabling utilities to efficiently manage the supply of power when and where it is needed. SaaS also allows for the re-routing of electricity during an outage, making the grid “self-healing”. Modernizing the electrical grid is a necessity for utilities to meet consumers’ ever-increasing demands for efficient, uninterrupted power. According to a 2011 survey by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, there are more than 37 million smart meters installed and operating across the country. GE’s Grid IQ Insight is able to monitor and analyze usage data from these meters to help utilities understand and visualize electrical consumption patterns. It also can identify electrical theft occurring in the network. All of this information leads to improved servicing of transformers, which can prevent repair related outages in the event of a system failure. In addition, Grid IQ Insight provides informative data to those using solar installations. Solar energy installations have increased 116 percent year-to-year. However, many utilities have no way of tracking the amount of distributed energy generated on a daily basis by these installations. The Grid IQ solution combines solar interconnection, weather and meter data to generate an accurate figure of how much energy has been generated each day. This not only enables utilities to visualize the effect on network reliability that integrated solar energy has on the electrical grid, but also provides customers with insight as to how much money solar power is saving them on a daily basis.
GE’s Digital Energy business is a global leader in protection and control, communications, power sensing and power quality solutions. Its products and services increase the reliability of electrical power networks and critical equipment for utility, industrial and large commercial customers. From protecting and optimizing assets such as generators, transmission lines and motors, to ensuring secure wireless data transmission and providing uninterruptible power, GE’s Digital Energy business delivers industry-leading technologies to solve the unique challenges of each customer. For more information, visit http://www.gedigitalenergy.com.This announcement was made at the DistribuTECH 2013 trade show, which runs from January 29-31. For additional information on GE announcements, please visit the GE Digital Energy Press Room. About GE GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information, visit the company's website at www.ge.com. Follow GE Energy Management and its Digital Energy business on Twitter @GE_EnergyMgmt and @YourSmartGrid.