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US2021203151A1
SYSTEM, SERVER AND METHOD FOR MONITORING UTILITY SYSTEMS
Publication/Patent Number: US2021203151A1 Publication Date: 2021-07-01 Application Number: 17/137,848 Filing Date: 2020-12-30 Inventor: Fields, Richard   Assignee: PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY   IPC: H02H7/26 Abstract: The disclosure describes a system for monitoring and mitigating damage to electrical utility structures and the surrounding environment. In some embodiments, the system includes fire boxes, arc sensors, angle switches, and disconnect switches configured to generate alert signals when a hazard is detected. In some embodiments, the system includes cameras configured to detect a hazard such as a fire or moving object. In some embodiments, the system includes light transmitters and light receivers positioned at a predetermined location away from power lines to detect objects that interrupt a line of site. In some embodiments, the system can electrically isolate a power line before a detected hazard impacts a power line.
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US2021019679A1
LOCATION AND MARKING SYSTEM AND SERVER
Publication/Patent Number: US2021019679A1 Publication Date: 2021-01-21 Application Number: 16/932,044 Filing Date: 2020-07-17 Inventor: Warner, Shelbey   Wolf, Bob   Glenn, William   Hansen, Michael   Sharif, Morgan   Klemm, Jason   Scofield, Zac   Dotson, Eddie   Huston, Travis   Walker, Steven   Glass, Michael   Buckles, Patrick   Chen, Tony   Jasti, Siva   Assignee: PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY   IPC: G06Q10/06 Abstract: A novel location and marking system is configured to provide a seamless in-the-field access to resource and asset information databases with automated functionality that effectively and more efficiently manages, controls, and distributes data according to some embodiments. In some embodiments, such systems can enable utilities to manage assets in real-time, provide map asset status, and provide automatic ticket routing, dispatching and management. For example, in some embodiments, the system is configured to generate maps with identifiers or components of an active division including tickets of one or more assets of an active division. These assets include sites of residential and business gas, electrical, and/or water and sewer conduits and metering systems, as well as related underground infrastructure that can be susceptible to earthquakes, ground disturbances, and other emergency situations according to some embodiments.
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US2021034027A1
ELECTRIC POWER GRID INSPECTION AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
Publication/Patent Number: US2021034027A1 Publication Date: 2021-02-04 Application Number: 16/942,060 Filing Date: 2020-07-29 Inventor: Datta, Kunal   Chen, Tony   Kwan, Marcella   Buckles, Patrick   Locatelli, Michael James   Alapat, Teresa   Joseph, Maria   Glass, Michael S.   Mello, Jonathan   Faizan, Khushar   Li, Xiwang   Assignee: PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY   IPC: G05B19/048 Abstract: In some embodiments, the system is directed to an autonomous inspection system for electrical grid components. In some embodiments, the system collects electrical grid component data using an autonomous drone and then transmits the inspection data to one or more computers. In some embodiments, the system includes artificial intelligence that analysis the data and identifies electrical grid components defects and provides a model highlighting the defects to a user. In some embodiments, the system enables a user to train the artificial intelligence by providing feedback for models where defects or components are not properly identified.
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US2020280771A1
SMART ENERGY METERING SYSTEM AND METHOD
Publication/Patent Number: US2020280771A1 Publication Date: 2020-09-03 Application Number: 16/878,239 Filing Date: 2020-05-19 Inventor: Hoang, Quoc   Jones, Alan   Davis, Earle   Nguyen, Young D.   Yan, Alex   Williams, Shelley   Assignee: Pacific Gas and Electric Company   IPC: H04Q9/00 Abstract: Some embodiments include an electric meter assembly including a socket housing with a socket interface extending from a top side of the socket housing, and a removable or portable meter coupled to the socket interface. Further, the electric meter assembly includes a strap coupled at one end to at least one side of the socket housing. The socket housing includes a socket interface extending from a top side of the socket housing, and a secondary housing enclosed within the socket housing. The secondary housing includes a CT shunt and a switch assembly including an actuator extending through the top side. In some embodiments, the system includes a Customer and Distribution Automation Open Architecture. In some embodiments, an IoT router facilitates communication between one or more remote electronics including the electric meter assembly.
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US2020232815A1
SMART ENERGY AND DATA/INFORMATION METERING SYSTEM AND METHOD
Publication/Patent Number: US2020232815A1 Publication Date: 2020-07-23 Application Number: 16/725,784 Filing Date: 2019-12-23 Inventor: Padrones, Ed   Davis, Earle   Nguyen, Young D   Williams, Shelley   Yan, Alex   Hoang, Quoc   Negash, Lomi   Pham, Albert   Chong, Jimmy   Nguyen, Tri Q.   Sharma, Kulwinder   Jones, Alan   Assignee: PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY   IPC: G01D4/02 Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide an electric meter assembly including a meter support platform or base able to reversibly electrically couple to a transformer providing inputs including an AC power supply, phase voltage, and/or a phase current. Output of the meter support platform or base can be DC power, AC phase voltage signals and/or AC phase current. Further, a removable or portable meter can couple to the meter support platform or base and to an electric meter system including a meter core coupled to a wireless transmitter, an antenna, an integrated power sensor, and data meter front end. The system includes a data manager configured for electric service analysis including energy usage, and/or interval temperature, phase voltage, current and phase angle in real time, electric energy kWh and kVARh values in a user-specified period, wrong meter base installation detection, physical location of the removable or portable meter, and tamper detection.
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US10658798B2
Smart energy metering system and method
Publication/Patent Number: US10658798B2 Publication Date: 2020-05-19 Application Number: 15/586,093 Filing Date: 2017-05-03 Inventor: Hoang, Quoc   Jones, Alan   Davis, Earle   Nguyen, Young D   Yan, Alex   Williams, Shelley   Assignee: PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY   IPC: G01D4/00 Abstract: Some embodiments include an electric meter assembly including a socket housing with a socket interface extending from a top side of the socket housing, and a removable or portable meter coupled to the socket interface. Further, the electric meter assembly includes at a strap coupled at one end to at least one side of the socket housing. The strap is configured and arranged to extend over at least a portion of the meter from one side of the socket to an opposite side of the socket. Some further embodiments include an electric meter assembly with a support platform including a coupled transformer and socket housing. The socket housing includes a socket interface extending from a top side of the socket housing, and a secondary housing enclosed within the socket housing. The secondary housing includes a CT shunt and a switch assembly including an actuator extending through the top side.
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US10557720B2
Unauthorized electrical grid connection detection and characterization system and method
Publication/Patent Number: US10557720B2 Publication Date: 2020-02-11 Application Number: 15/887,789 Filing Date: 2018-02-02 Inventor: Mantovani, Fabio   Jain, Ankit   Blundell, Marshall   Ciccone, Adriana   Gai, Jenny   Bode, Josh   Bao, Tingwen   Assignee: PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY   IPC: G01D4/00 Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide systems and method for monitoring unauthorized electrical grid access via an electrical connection to the electrical grid and/or an electrical component of the electrical grid, and retrieving customer energy data from an energy delivery server including one or more customer records of a customer's coupling to one or more energy delivery systems or networks. The system and method further includes deriving a information or rules from the customer energy data, and determining a net energy metering (NEM) status by establishing an indicator of net energy metering (NEM) access to the customer. The system and method further includes determining solar status by determining if the customer is a solar customer, analyzing and determining a system size of the customer, and determining unauthorized interconnection of the customer based on the analysis of system size, solar status, and the customer's net energy metering (NEM) status.
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US10877083B2
Wire down detection system and method
Publication/Patent Number: US10877083B2 Publication Date: 2020-12-29 Application Number: 15/872,771 Filing Date: 2018-01-16 Inventor: Schoenman, Eric Michael   Li, Wei   Chen, Sophia   Partridge, Daniel Marlowe   Meadows, James Louis   Martin, Thomas Frank   Assignee: PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY   IPC: G06F11/30 Abstract: Some embodiments of the invention include a method and system for metering an electrical grid comprising at least one processor executing instructions from a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium of an electrical grid fault detection system. In some embodiments of the system, the instructions cause a processor to calculate a prediction of whether power delivery to at least a portion of the electrical grid is functioning abnormally using voltage sensing devices coupled to at least one feeder, where one or more of the voltage sensing devices are responsive to a determination that the power delivery is functioning abnormally. Further in some embodiments, the determination includes the electrical grid fault detection system receiving at least one signal or voltage reading from the electrical grid based at least in part on a sensed or received voltage level or range of voltage level.
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US2020242188A1
SYSTEM AND SERVER FOR PARALLEL PROCESSING MIXED INTEGER PROGRAMS FOR LOAD MANAGEMENT
Publication/Patent Number: US2020242188A1 Publication Date: 2020-07-30 Application Number: 16/775,568 Filing Date: 2020-01-29 Inventor: Winger, Laura   Assignee: Pacific Gas and Electric Company   IPC: G06F17/12 Abstract: The novel use of separate programs to control a parallel execution of a plurality of large scale linear program solvers executing sequentially on separate cores is disclosed. An embodiment detailing the system's use in optimizing a utility company's assets is also disclosed. As upgrades or better programs become available, in some embodiments each program in the system can be replaced without affecting the structure of the other programs. In some embodiments, the use of cloud based architecture allows for improved data collection and system execution as all that is needed to process data at a faster speed is to “rent” the additional physical or virtual cores from the provider.
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WO2019226818A4
RESOURCE MAPPING SERVER AND SYSTEM
Publication/Patent Number: WO2019226818A4 Publication Date: 2020-01-02 Application Number: 2019033596 Filing Date: 2019-05-22 Inventor: Hunzekerhesed, Andrew   Vasa, Vinay   Wolf, Michael Robert   Baune, Elizabeth Rose   Seveska, Mark Richard   Gile, Alan Paul   Subramanian, Potriadian   Nadar, George Raja   Morabe, Anthony Francis   Ngoi, John Shinn Taik   Hall, Stephen Douglas   Warner, Shelby   Assignee: PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY   HUNZEKERHESED, Andrew   VASA, Vinay   WOLF, Michael Robert   BAUNE, Elizabeth Rose   SEVESKA, Mark Richard   GILE, Alan Paul   SUBRAMANIAN, Potriadian   NADAR, George Raja   MORABE, Anthony Francis   NGOI, John Shinn Taik   HALL, Stephen Douglas   WARNER, Shelby   IPC: H04W4/02 Abstract: Some embodiments include a server system including a computing device configured to be coupled to a communications network, a user device, a mapping database with mapping data, and an asset or infrastructure database including asset or infrastructure data. Program logic can receive a data communication including location information from the user device and display a map and asset or infrastructure information and a graphical user interface (GUI) on a display of the user device. Displayed information can be related to an emergency or safety alert, a condition related to asset or infrastructure data, or a response or status of assets or infrastructure to an environmental factor or human-made phenomenon.
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US2019101411A1
RESOURCE METER SYSTEM AND METHOD
Publication/Patent Number: US2019101411A1 Publication Date: 2019-04-04 Application Number: 16/143,295 Filing Date: 2018-09-26 Inventor: Davis, Earle S.   Nguyen, Young D.   Jones, Alan S.   Williams, Shelley R.   Yan, Alexander P.   Adams, James   Cain, Darren   Padrones, Edmond   Hoang, Quoc   Odeyemi, Fela O.   Bijan, Maz Y.   Assignee: Pacific Gas and Electric Company   IPC: G01D4/00 Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a resource metering system and method including one or more sensors, and an automatic shut-off valve, a power source, a capacitor-based charging circuit, an RF communications board, and a processor capable of executing instructions from a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium of a resource distribution system. The operation of the processor by the instructions can enable the resource metering system to wirelessly receive and act on signals or data transmitted from the RF communication board, where the signals or data are received from the sensors.
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US2019219618A1
MULTI-PURPOSE (MULTI-DWELLING) ELECTRIC METERING SYSTEM AND METHOD
Publication/Patent Number: US2019219618A1 Publication Date: 2019-07-18 Application Number: 16/248,519 Filing Date: 2019-01-15 Inventor: Davis, Earle S.   Hoang, Quoc   Jones, Alan S.   Nguyen, Duong M.   Nguyen, Tri Q.   Padrones, Edmond A.   Williams, Shelley R.   Yan, Alex P.   Assignee: Pacific Gas and Electric Company   IPC: G01R22/06 Abstract: Some embodiments include a metering system including a base housing configured to be coupled to a supply of a consumable, and including a plurality of meter slots, wherein each meter slot is configured to couple with a removeable meter module. Further, the metering system includes a removeable cover housing configured to removably couple to the base housing, and a meter module that includes at least one meter core and at least one data transfer functionality or assembly. The meter module can independently meter at least a portion of the consumable consumed by at least one consumer. A metering assembly with a removeable meter module and an associated meter slot can independently meter at least a portion of a consumable consumed by at least one consumer, and metering of the consumable to a consumer from one meter slot is independent of metering of the consumable from another meter slot.
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WO2019067638A1
RESOURCE METER SYSTEM AND METHOD
Publication/Patent Number: WO2019067638A1 Publication Date: 2019-04-04 Application Number: 2018052983 Filing Date: 2018-09-26 Inventor: Adams, James   Nguyen, Young D.   Hoang, Quoc   Davis, Earle S.   Padrones, Edmond   Williams, Shelley R.   Odeyemi, Fela O.   Yan, Alexander P.   Bijan, Maz Y.   Jones, Alan S.   Cain, Darren   Assignee: PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY   IPC: G01R31/08 Abstract: Embodiments of the invention include a resource metering system and method including one or more sensors, and an automatic shut-off valve, a power source, a capacitor-based charging circuit, an RF communications board, and a processor capable of executing instructions from a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium of a resource distribution system. The operation of the processor by the instructions can enable the resource metering system to wirelessly receive and act on signals or data transmitted from the RF communication board, where the signals or data are received from the sensors.
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US2019362523A1
RESOURCE MAPPING SERVER AND SYSTEM
Publication/Patent Number: US2019362523A1 Publication Date: 2019-11-28 Application Number: 16/419,899 Filing Date: 2019-05-22 Inventor: Ngoi, John Shinn Taik   Baune, Elizabeth Rose   Hall, Stephen Douglas   Seveska, Mark Richard   Morabe, Anthony Francis   Vasa, Vinay   Subramanian, Potriadian   Nadar, George Raja   Gile, Alan Paul   Hunzekerhesed, Andrew   Warner, Shelby   Wolf, Michael Robert   Assignee: Pacific Gas and Electric Company   IPC: G06T11/00 Abstract: Some embodiments include a server system including a computing device configured to be coupled to a communications network, a user device, a mapping database with mapping data, and an asset or infrastructure database including asset or infrastructure data. Program logic can receive a data communication including location information from the user device and display a map and asset or infrastructure information and a graphical user interface (GUI) on a display of the user device. Displayed information can be related to an emergency or safety alert, a condition related to asset or infrastructure data, or a response or status of assets or infrastructure to an environmental factor or human-made phenomenon.
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US10514273B2
Smart energy and data/information metering system and method
Publication/Patent Number: US10514273B2 Publication Date: 2019-12-24 Application Number: 15/784,711 Filing Date: 2017-10-16 Inventor: Padrones, Ed   Davis, Earle   Nguyen, Young D   Williams, Shelley   Yan, Alex   Hoang, Quoc   Negash, Lomi   Pham, Albert   Chong, Jimmy   Nguyen, Tri Q.   Sharma, Kulwinder   Jones, Alan   Assignee: Pacific Gas and Electric Company   IPC: G01R21/00 Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide an electric meter assembly including a meter support platform or base able to reversibly electrically couple to a transformer providing inputs including an AC power supply, phase voltage, and/or a phase current. Output of the meter support platform or base can be DC power, AC phase voltage signals and/or AC phase current. Further, a removable or portable meter can couple to the meter support platform or base and to an electric meter system including a meter core coupled to a wireless tr