Dominion Power’s Virginia subsidiary has received permission from the Federal Communications Commission to check a non-public LTE community at 900 MHz.

In response to paperwork filed with the FCC, the ability firm plans to check personal LTE beneath two eventualities over a two-year interval: A rural atmosphere with rugged terrain and an city atmosphere. The agricultural situation will assist the corporate to judge the usage of personal LTE for cell voice and information for its workforce and for telemetry and automation, backhaul and communications redundancy for substations and whether or not it will probably meet working constraints inside the National Radio Quiet Zone (NRQZ) that spans 13,000 sq. miles in Virginia and West Virginia. Within the city context, Dominion needs to check personal LTE as a supply of redundant voice and information connectivity, significantly in case of an electro-magnetic pulse assault situation, in addition to consider its immunity to noise interference.

That is the second latest request from a utility firm searching for to check personal LTE; the FCC additionally granted a request for personal LTE testing by the New York Power Authority.

Dominion Power operates in 20 states and has greater than 7 million clients. In Virginia and northeast North Carolina, the corporate serves about 2.6 million clients and has about 58,000 miles of distribution traces and 6,700 miles of energy transmission traces. The corporate famous that it has made renewable power commitments in Virginia that embody including as much as 1,000 megawatts of photo voltaic and offshore wind technology and as much as 250 megawatts of power storage within the state. Specifically, Dominion cited its Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) undertaking as the most important offshore wind
growth within the nation, with a proposed 220 wind generators that’s anticipated so as to add greater than 2,600 megawatts of wind power by 2026.

Nevertheless, Dominion says, high-voltage electrical transmission infrastructure is “usually positioned in distant and rural areas which are poorly served by industrial carriers,” and so it needs to check a non-public LTE system at 900 MHz to see if it will probably assist the corporate’s present communications wants and the long run wants of its native renewable tasks and transmission.

Dominion stated that it needs to judge personal LTE to see if it will probably present dependable communications for SCADA, redundancy for operational wants, electrical transmission sensors and controls, automation and monitoring, cell voice, push-to-talk and different workforce mobility options, in addition to probably supporting the usage of drones for aerial inspections.

The power firm additionally stated that it’s “hardening key property to enhance safety defenses towards bodily and cyber-attacks, together with an electro-magnetic pulse (EMP) occasion. Key parts of a non-public LTE
community could be built-in into hardened websites to supply a strong communications functionality within the occasion of a Black Sky scenario that may disrupt standard technique of communications.”