Sunday, November 6, 2011

Distribution Company Vector’s Ten-Years Plan for IEC 61850

Vector Limited is the electric power distribution company in the Auckland (New Zealand) area. The company publishes every year an Asset Management Plan (AMP) – informing the public and others what the company is planning to do with their assets. The current plan covers a ten year planning period from 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2021.

One goal of the current AMP is to demonstrate innovation and efficiency improvements. What does this mean related to IEC 61850? A lot in the past and in the future:

  • Vector’s substation automation system is based on resilient optical
    Ethernet local area network running IEC 61850 compliant IEDs.
  • Vector’s current standard for internal and external communication systems is IEC 61850 standard. DNP3 is also used as an interim solution.
  • At present over 50% of Vector’s primary substation are equipped with IEC 61850 compliant IEDs.
  • Vector has been running an annual RTU replacement programme for a number of years, and is currently replacing approximately 10 RTUs per region per annum. To replace conventional RTUs, two approved solutions have been used, traditional RTUs with a migration path to IEC 61850, and fully compliant IEC 61850 solutions.

Click HERE for the current plan (2011-2021) [PDF, 10 MB]

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