Associated Electric Coop, installed a digital computer energy control system in 1971 to improve the economics and security of its power system operation. Since its initial implementation, the new energy control system has been undergoing a continuing evolutionary process. The addition of new data acquisition systems, improved man-machine interfaces, and the development of new, more sophisticated application programs has helped bring the system closer to its goal of reliable, secure, and economic power system operation.

This paper describes Associated's energy control system as it was originally installed, as it is currently operating today, and as it is currently envisioned to operate in the future. Emphasis is placed on the evolutionary nature of the automation of power system operations in light of the growth of the power system, its increased complexity, and the ever advancing technology of power system computer applications.

Meeting Name

1st UMR-MEC Conference on Energy Resources (1974: Apr. 24-26, Rolla, MO)

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Article - Conference proceedings


Energy Systems

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Final Version

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Publication Date

26 Apr 1974