Today’s utilities companies are using Hadoop to build platforms that can store and analyze large data sets, consisting of billions of objects. The benefits for the adoption of Hadoop include:
- Operations - Smart grid analytics provide sensors at locations to collect data and intelligently monitor and potentially regulate power distribution and usage. Utilities leverage capabilities of end-user data-generating devices (e.g., energy sensors) to better understand usage patterns and to price and route electricity accordingly, enabling greater cost savings. Network management during system fluctuations due to external demand changes, such as weather or sub-system failures, requires processing of extensive datasets in very short times.
- Risk Management - Large power companies use Hadoop to store and analyze environmental sensor data for critical infrastructure testing of the smart energy grid and individual generators. They are able to improve network performance, scan through historical logs for forensics after a problem occurs, and pinpoint weaknesses to help prevent power outages.