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Creating Smart DISTRIBUTION through AUTOMATION

No portion of the electric power grid will be impacted more significantly by the Smart Grid concept than the electric distribution system. In the past, the distribution portion of the electric system received little attention compared to the transmission and generation systems unless the lights went out. However, since the dawn of the smart grid era, many electric distribution utilities have invested in (or are in the process of investing in) new and emerging technologies related to Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs), communications system, distribution infrastructure, and computer systems that will provide the foundation for a smart distribution system. More

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