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Title: Planning a distribution automation pilot project at B.C. Hydro

In 1989, a small team of engineers and managers from B.C. Hydro`s Customer Services Group made an exploratory partnership trip to a DA product supplier. While the partnership initiative failed, it served to raise corporate awareness of the need for a comprehensive DA approach. Shortly thereafter, the Window 2000 Project name were formulated. From the inception of the Window 2000 Project, it was clear that the team faced a major strategy challenge, due to recent corporate history. The corporation had just completed a major generation and transmission system expansion program, and enjoyed a considerable energy and capacity surplus, coupled with increased debt load. Concurrently, a select segment of the corporation was developing what was to become the internationally successful Power Smart energy conservation initiative. The team developed a communication plan based on several key principles. Presentations were made to various stakeholders including Customer Services and Corporate Management committees. Permission to proceed with the Window 2000 project was obtained in 1990. A multi-disciplined team of employees representing Customer Services, Power Smart, Production, System Planning, and Stations Engineering was assembled. Leadership was provided by a full-time project leader, and by a senior management steering committee. In addition, the project leader assembled anmore » informal group of advisors for the purpose of defining alternative approaches, generating new information, and testing of ideas. The team members were encouraged to avoid concentrating on corporate or personal turf issues, and the team environment was maintained free of {open_quotes}politics{close_quotes}. This fostered cooperation and objectivity in idea generation and evaluation. The team was given an open mandate to define and to recommend DA functions for implementation.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
192065
Report Number(s):
CONF-940129-
TRN: 96:001037-0004
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: International symposium on distribution, automation and demand-side management, Orlando, FL (United States), 17-20 Jan 1994; Other Information: PBD: 1994; Related Information: Is Part Of Fourth international symposium on distribution automation and demand side management (DA/DSM 94); PB: 747 p.
Publisher:
DA/DSM 94, San Francisco, CA (United States)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING AND POLICY; 24 POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION; POWER SYSTEMS; CONTROL; INFORMATION; MANAGEMENT; LOAD MANAGEMENT; BRITISH COLUMBIA; VAR CONTROL SYSTEMS