ECE offers transmission and distribution system planning services. ECE has extensive experience in modelling and analysis of system loads, preparation of recommendations and project costs to support forecasted growth trends. ECE primarily utilizes Milsoft’s WindMil® software to conduct transmission and distribution system analysis. ECE offers planning services in conducting and preparing Two, Three or Four Year Construction Work Plans and Twenty Year Long Range Plans. With each Construction Work Plan, ECE can coordinate with RUS (as applicable) and file all necessary forms for RUS approval of the Plans, including filing on RD Apply, to ensure the appropriate loan funds are acquired.
ECE also offers feasibility study services. We can provide full studies with regards to distributed generation interconnection feasibility where we will analyze the effects of interconnecting distributed generation to the power system and identifying the necessary system improvements to ensure that there is minimal impact to power quality on the existing system. We can also perform feasibility studies which analyze the effects of potential load or system reconfiguration to identify impact to reliability and power quality. As a result, ECE can provide a report for interconnection feasibility reports which will include a cost estimate of necessary system improvements to facilitate the connection.
ECE routinely performs transmission and distribution system Sectionalizing Studies. An accurate and up-to-date Sectionalizing Study is key to limiting outages in terms of occurrence and lengths. ECE can tailor the scope of a Sectionalizing Study to analyze exactly what is needed with an ability to review protection and coordination from transmission down through distribution fusing. Sectionalizing Studies are executed by evaluating existing device ratings and placement, system layout, available fault currents by way of system impedances and coordination of devices.
ECE also has the ability perform Arc Flash Studies. Arc Flash Studies are performed by analyzing existing protection equipment and calculating the corresponding available fault current to identify potential arc flash hazards. The conclusion of each Arc Flash Study report includes recommendations to remediate arc flash hazards identified in the study.