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Manifestation of Data-backed Solutions in Utilities
By Utilities Tech Outlook | Tuesday, August 06, 2019
Shifting to data-centric methods of energy management gives producers as well as consumers, many advantages and savings come as a bonus.
FREMONT, CA: Energy consumption patterns are changing. Secondary consumers are fueling increased consumptions. To make sure that energy production and distribution is sufficient and reliable, the utility sector is looking for innovative management solutions as well as new sources of energy. Smart and optimized energy resources and intelligent control over them is possible with a data-centric approach. It makes operations highly efficient and sustainable. Some ways in which data science can be useful to utilities are discussed here.
· Enhancing Security
Resource mismanagement also includes energy theft, and it can prove to be very expensive for companies. Energy infrastructure that helps mitigate energy thefts is essential. Smart grid technology continuously tracks user behavior and thereby helps providers detect any instances of misuse. Advanced metering facilities can examine data to facilitate reporting and controlling of energy usage.
· Predictive Maintenance
Failure probability models that make use of machine learning technology to help predict potential outages are becoming important to the utility sector. By enabling prediction, maintenance becomes targeted and effective. So, utilities can reduce the number of resources spent on maintaining the facilities. Unexpected failures become a rare occurrence, and that results in proper, uninterrupted supplies. Failure probability model provides companies with a lot of insights into their systems and makes decision-making smarter.
· Smart Energy Management
The sector can use the tools of data analytics to improve energy management significantly. Demand, distribution as well as control of energy become advanced, leading to a direct reduction in inefficient methods and wastage, by introducing data. With the help of smart grids and smart-end use devices, utility operators can effectively optimize energy flow and provide an opportunity for integrated and highly functional management capabilities. One can expect a very balanced supply-demand equation.
· Outage Detection
With increasing demands and unstable supply, outages in the utility sector are one of the significant challenges. Data science can make energy availability more reliable by preventing breakdowns and automating outage detection. The systems are capable of predicting and communicating the impacts of factors like weather conditions. Operators can also have access to real-time outage information so that energy infrastructure can be restored to service at the earliest.
· Increased Customer Satisfaction
Data can give a push to customer services in the utility sector. By granting visibility to operators, customer data platforms make service providers aware of what customer demands. Convenience is a crucial factor for the customer. Hence, utility providers can bring improvement in many aspects like billing, payments, and dispute resolution with the help of smart applications. It brings about a lot of flexibility and also eliminates lengthy processes. Personalization of services is an additional advantage.
As industrial, as well as domestic consumption of electricity, increases rapidly, the utility sector needs to track the changes continuously. Only through an advanced data-centric approach can the industry expect to keep its offerings relevant and updated. Complex operation and dynamic flows systems can make use of data and leverage them through smart algorithms to overcome distribution challenges and make energy streamlined.