A new research study from Newton-Evans found several interesting trends, as you can read in the press release on page 2. What caught my eye was documentation of a disturbing failure by U.S. utilities to stay up to date with standards and best practices.
It's well known that U.S. utilities have been loath to embrace the 61850 substation standard that Europe has adopted with much success. The Newton-Evans study reveals other failures to adopt standards and best practices. For instance, two-thirds of European utilities have adopted key parts of a service-oriented architecture (SOA), an essential piece of the enterprise strategy strongly recommended by the Electric Power Research Institute. Yet only a paltry one-fifth of North American utilities are on the SOA path.
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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc