On the latest episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast, listeners are able to hear from multiple perspectives the process and value of private LTE broadband networks for the utility sector. An emerging focus for utilities has been the ability to accurately access, process, and act upon an asset that’s become nearly as important to them as the electricity itself: data. Data from customers, generators, sensors along the grid, and more are all providing utilities keen insights into their best course of action across countless areas of the power business, but properly utilizing such data can be impossible without the right tools. Across the sector, the solution that’s been seen as necessary for this next generation of utility operations is the implementation of private broadband networks.
Educating the podcast audience on these topics is Ryan Gerbrandt, the Chief Operating Officer at Anterix, who has been assisting utilities to get started on their private broadband journey, and Russ Ehrlich, the Utility Communications Senior Manager of Exelon, who has overseen the kickoff of that private broadband transition at Exelon’s six utilities alongside Ryan, including the network pilot to study the operational savings broadband capabilities would bring them. In sharing Exelon's experience, Russ noted:
Understanding a lot of the benefits that you get from having your own private fiber backbone layered on top with this high bandwidth communications to support endpoint devices, which are going to be new numerous, both current and future will enable these utility companies, Exelon in particular, which is made up of six regulated utilities which will enable us to better support all the things you've talked about. The reliability, the sustainability, how you can leverage your assets, reducing O&M expenses, reducing and enabling carbon footprint reduction, big things about consolidating our networks and helping provide new functionality.
This entry into the podcast, like all of the series episodes, can be found on all major podcast outlets, including iTunes and Spotify, or it can be listened to directly on the Energy Central platform. Give it a listen and share your reaction in the comments.
Episode #71: 'Road to Decision: Exelon’s Vision of a Private Broadband Network for Grid Modernization' with Russ Ehrlich of Exelon and Ryan Gerbrandt of Anterix [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]
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