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A method, apparatus, system and computer program is provided for controlling an electric power system, including implementation of voltage measurement using paired comparison analysis applied to calculating a shift in average usage per customer from one time period to another time period for a given electrical use population where the pairing process is optimized using a novel technique to improve the accuracy of the measurement.


Patent
Astrolink International LLC and Dominion | Date: 2016-06-09

A system and method for inferring schematic and topological properties of an electrical distribution grid is provided. The system may include Remote Hubs, Subordinate Remotes, a Substation Receiver, and an associated Computing Platform and Concentrator. At least one intelligent edge transmitter, called a Remote Hub Edge Transmitter, may transmit messages on the electrical distribution grid by injecting a modulated current into a power main that supplies an electric meter. The Subordinate Remotes, Remote Hubs, the Substation Receiver, and the associated Computing Platform and Concentrator may contain processing units which execute stored instructions allowing each node in the network to implement methods for organizing the on-grid network and transmitting and receiving messages on the network. The Substation Receiver, Computing Platform, and Concentrator may detect and infer schematic grid location attributes of the network and publish the detected and inferred attributes to other application systems including geospatial information systems.


Patent
Dominion | Date: 2016-07-22

The invention relates to printing and other output of documents using data processors, and particularly to methods, apparatus, and computer programming useful for controlling output processes. In various aspects the invention provides systems, methods, and computer programming useful for minimizing the number of command inputs required from a user to complete printing or other output of multiple documents. In other aspects, the invention provides systems, methods, and computer programming useful for printing documents using content data received from users or other sources, together with previously-provided form data, according to predetermined formats.


Patent
Dominion | Date: 2016-07-22

The invention relates to printing and other output of documents using data processors, and particularly to methods, apparatus, and computer programming useful for controlling output processes. In various aspects the invention provides systems, methods, and computer programming useful for minimizing the number of command inputs required from a user to complete printing or other output of multiple documents. In other aspects, the invention provides systems, methods, and computer programming useful for printing documents using content data received from users or other sources, together with previously-provided form data, according to predetermined formats.


Patent
Astrolink International LLC and Dominion | Date: 2016-09-06

The present invention is directed to utility service delivery wherein distributed intelligence and networking is used in the optimization of the service delivery. The present invention employs a network of data collection nodes and aggregation nodes located on a power grid controlled by a controlling agency. The data collection nodes comprise Intelligent Communicating Devices (ICDs) and Communicating Devices (CDs), which transmit metrics they collect over the power grid from locations near meters or service transformers to the aggregation nodes. Commands, policies, and program updates may be transmitted from a server at an aggregation node to the ICDs and CDs. The ICDs are also capable of issuing control commands to the CDs and grid management devices, acting locally and/or in conjunction with other ICDs, CDs, aggregation nodes, and central controlling agencies. Through these communications and commands, utility services delivery and utilization is optimized.


The disclosed embodiments include methods and systems for accessing computation resources, such as information-technology (IT) assets, in an open environment. In certain aspects, an IT system may provide an online portal that presents an IT self-serve store of IT assets that a user may select for access or use. The IT system may, for example, determine that the selected IT assets comply with one or more compliance and permissioning policies, and based on the determination, may assemble the selected IT assets to generate or spin-up instances of applications executable by various hardware platforms. The IT system may also establish an enterprise data provisioning platform that maintains data, reporting, and analytical assets in formats accessible to devices and application instances executing across the enterprise, and that provisions the data, reporting, and analytical assets in a timely, accurate, and consistent manner.


Patent
Dominion | Date: 2016-05-11

The present disclosure involves systems and computer implemented methods for implementing a resource allocation. One example method is performed by identifying a resource allocation associated with the device hub, the resource allocation defining an expected resource usage associated with a connected device and a non-connected device. Resource usage information associated with the connected device is monitored, where usage information associated with the non-connected device is calculated based on a difference between a total resource usage identified by the device hub and the resource usage information associated with the connected device. The resource usage information is compared to the resource allocation, and in response to the comparison and a determination that the non-connected device exceeded the resource allocation associated with the non-connected device, an adjustment in operation for the connected device associated with the device hub is calculated. An instruction is transmitted to the connected device to perform the calculated adjustment.


Patent
Dominion | Date: 2016-05-11

The present disclosure relates to systems and computer-implemented methods for implementing a resource allocation and adjusting resource usage and spending based on information received from a plurality of network-connected devices. One example method is performed by identifying a master resource allocation associated with a plurality of connected devices and monitoring, at a device hub, resource usage information associated with at least one connected device. The device hub compares the monitored resource usage information associated with the at least one connected device to the master resource allocation for the plurality of connected devices, and, in response to the comparison, calculates at least one adjustment in operation for a particular connected device from the plurality of connected devices based on the monitored resource usage information. The device hub then transmits an instruction to perform the at least one calculated adjustment in operation to the particular connected device associated with the adjustment.


A system and methods for managing a transformer area in an electrical distribution grid having at least one substation transformer and one service transformer are presented. At least one Remote Hub governed by a policy may be provided, which collects data about the transformer area. The Remote Hub may also execute a discovery procedure to inventory Remotes in the transformer area. The Remote Hub may use the collected data to detect events, such as exceptional conditions, configuration changes, or derived results, within the transformer area. Based on the collected data, the Remote Hub is able to transmit data about the transformer area via a Substation-to-Edge channel. A method and system for forming and establishing boundaries of Transformer Area Networks is also presented. Discovery procedures may be used to form Transformer Area Networks out of Remote Hubs and Remotes powered by the same phase of the service transformer.


A method, apparatus, system and computer program is provided for optimizing and controlling volt-amperes reactive on an electrical control system. System-level and local-level measurements are determined and analyzed to prioritize and optimize which VAR adjusters are adjusted.

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