Smart Grid Communication System Presentation

January 13, 2018 | Author: Anonymous | Category: Social Science, Political Science, Civics
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Smart Grid Communication System (SGCS) Jeff Nichols Sr. Director IT Infrastructure San Diego Gas & Electric


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The Spectrum Issue 

As SDGE tried to spec & design a high-performance smart grid communication service, spectrum quickly became the key issue. We looked exhaustively at many options.  700 Mhz, 1.4 Ghz, 2.3 Ghz, 3.65 Ghz, 400 Mhz, 800/900 Mhz, 1.8 Ghz,

TV white spaces… 

2.3 Ghz WCS spectrum was the only option that survived our major filters :  Availability in our service territory  Affordability

 Clear title  Equipment availability  Operational fit 3

WCS Spectrum

*Amateur Radio Service has 5 MHz and is directly adjacent to A Block. The Federal Deep Space Receivers live between 2290-2300 MHz **Aeronautical Mobile Telemetry Service operates at the upper adjacent edge between 2360-2395 MHz

Service Design Goals Service Spec Throughput @ Cell Edge (3 simul users)

Design Goal 1 Mbps on downlink 100 kbps on uplink (per user)

Throughput close to cell

2.6 Mbps on downlink 1.3 Mbps on uplink


Less than 100 ms

Endpoints per cell

256 per sector 768 per 3 sector cell

Backhaul Availability

.999995 (2.6 minutes downtime per year)

RAN Availability

.99997 (15 minutes downtime per year)

Examples: Smart Grid devices

Pilot Coverage Prediction

SGCS Pilot Coverage Prediction

Policy Issues Going Forward 

WCS  Continued good partnership with FCC on evolving the operations

requirements in WCS bands  Testing & cooperation with WCS neighbors 

Other critical infrastructure spectrum  Details on acquisition & usage of 700 Mhz public safety bands  Federal oversight of those bands  State & user governance of resulting shared networks

 Cybersecurity requirements on communication infrastructure  Creating a value metric not based on “per consumer”


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