On 10 July 2019, ESRI, the international supplier of geographic information system software, web GIS and geodatabase management applications, headquartered in Redlands, California, recognized the Guam Power Authority (GPA) as the first electric distribution utility to operate business critical functions on ESRI’s Utility Network.
ESRI chose to recognize GPA’s pioneering implementation with a Special Achievement in GIS Award at the ESRI User Conference in San Diego, CA. ESRI cited the benefits of GPA’s implementation to include:
· The new model contains a level of detail allowing for better use of planning, engineering and operations, while supporting the GPA teams during disaster events like typhoon restoration;
· Builds on GPA’s Smart Grid capabilities;
· Supports the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Grid Modernization Initiative (GMI):
o Greater resilience to hazards of all types;
o Improved reliability for everyday operations;
o Enhanced security from an increasing and evolving number of threats;
o Additional affordability to maintain our economic prosperity;
o Superior flexibility to respond to the variability and uncertainty of conditions at one or more-time scales, including a range of energy futures;
o Increased sustainability through energy-efficient and renewable resources.
“GPA continues to pursue and use technological advances, such as the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, to constantly improve reliability,” said GPA General Manager John M. Benavente, P.E.
“In an isolated system such as ours, we embrace technologies that help us identify potential reliability issues in order to address them as quickly as possible, for the benefit of our customers,” Benavente concluded.
Shown above (L-R) at the ESRI User Conference on 10 July 2019 in San Diego: Brittany Dizdar, Geospatial Solutions Senior Consultant III -Power Engineers; Rey Gatongay, GPA Computer Systems Analyst II; Antonio Gumataotao, GPA Right of Way-GIS Supervisor; Jack Dangermond, Co-founder & President – Esri (Environmental Systems Research Institute); Timothy C.S. Muna, GPA GIS Analyst III (UN Lead); and Larry Wilke, Manager of Smart Grid Integrations -Power Engineers. Not shown in photo: Joven G. Acosta, P.E. GPA Manager of Engineering; Martin P. Ogo, GPA GIS Analyst III and Drake R. Torres, GPA Utility Engineering Aide III.