Smart Grid

Discussing the Creation of Grid-Connected Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure at CEM-4

During last week’s Clean Energy Ministerial that was held  in New Delhi (CEM-4), Anil Chaudhary, Schneider’s Managing Director and Country President, Greater India, participated in the round table on electric vehicles …. Read more »

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Two Exciting Days at the Clean Energy Ministerial-4 in New Delhi

The recently concluded Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM-4) in New Delhi saw two days of deliberations, policy announcements, and showcasing of innovative products and ideas in the clean energy space. The… Read more »

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Forecast Accuracy Helps Power Utility Weather the Storm – Literally

If you’re a power utility, you want to know what’s really going to happen with a predicted storm event, so your response crews and outage restoration teams can prepare responsibly for… Read more »

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Energy Efficiency: Better Lighting? Lower Bills? BAH!

Starting now, let’s admit the folly of energy efficiency. It’s too specific and too prescriptive. Energy efficiency is a rather narrow component of overall efficiency which properly is measured in… Read more »

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Stability is a Stress Free Word

“Stability” is a stress-free word. This is especially true for anyone involved in managing the power grid at any level. This includes medium voltage network operators, who like their systems… Read more »

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If you think your city needs smarter energy, you’re half right

Managing an urban center’s energy use is critical to providing a sustainable high quality of life for its citizens. Sustainable energy sources (green, efficient and liveable) are the other half… Read more »

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The impact of "Big Data" on energy and sustainability

How big is big data? Wikipedia defines big data as collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or… Read more »

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There is no TEAM in SMART GRID. Five E’s can change that.

During my college years, I earned money selling encyclopedias door-to-door. Did pretty well, too; so well that a competitor offered me a job representing a far more familiar brand. This… Read more »

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Implementing an integrated automated dispatch system to balance and optimize system resources and reliability

The challenge: Many utilities are faced with the increasing challenge of managing diverse load, demand response, distributed energy resources, generation, and variable renewables such as solar and wind power in… Read more »

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What can the solar industry learn from toys?

What can the solar industry learn from toys? Believe it or not, I was a somewhat nerdy kid growing up.  I played with things like tinker toys and legos, and… Read more »

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Two Exciting Days at the Clean Energy Ministerial-4 in New Delhi

The recently concluded Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM-4) in New Delhi saw two days of deliberations, policy announcements, and showcasing of innovative products and ideas in the clean energy space. The… Read more »

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What can the solar industry learn from toys?

What can the solar industry learn from toys? Believe it or not, I was a somewhat nerdy kid growing up.  I played with things like tinker toys and legos, and… Read more »

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Scottish Independence: Renewable Power without Borders?

On Thursday, September 18 2014, the Scottish people will make an historic choice – should they remain part of the 300 year-old United Kingdom, or become an independent country? In… Read more »

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Achieving Grid Security and Resiliency through Energy Efficiency

According to the World Bank, in 2011, the United States consumed 13,300 kWh per capita. Other similar industrialized nations such as Germany (~7,100 kWh) and Japan (~7,800 kWh) used large… Read more »

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Rise of Smart Homes and what it means

The concept of Smart Homes, just like Smart Cities, is steadily gaining currency in India. In fact, it is only in the last few years that the idea of digital homes… Read more »

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Combining protection network redundancy protocols

In my previous posts in this series, I wrote about protection network redundancy protocols, and delved into some details about PRP and HSR. When defining network communication architecture, it’s worth… Read more »

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6 Ways Smartgrid Technology Can Solve Medium Voltage Substation Challenges

Utilities are struggling to manage distributed energy resources’ (DER) increased integration into the grid and face growing pressure to keep down costs and optimize assets, while at the same time… Read more »

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If you think your city needs smarter energy, you’re half right

Managing an urban center’s energy use is critical to providing a sustainable high quality of life for its citizens. Sustainable energy sources (green, efficient and liveable) are the other half… Read more »

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9 Reasons You Should GOOSE Your IED Network Protection Schemes

Traditionally, electrical network protection schemes rely on hardwired connections between Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs). The problem with that approach is it makes it difficult to correct, modify, or update the… Read more »

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Network safety while deploying IEDs: Create a maintenance plan

Did you know that IEC 61508 can be used as a framework to maintain high levels of safety while deploying IEDs on electric networks? This series of blog posts covers… Read more »

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With Invensys Acquisition, Energy Meets Automation

When most people think of “the future” they invariably gravitate toward consumer devices: Google Glass, privatized space travel and wristwatches with voice and video. The future once promised on Saturday… Read more »

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When developing a Smart Grid roadmap, take the golden road

In a previous post, I mentioned that utilities need a “roadmap to success” for meeting the challenges of a Smart Grid transformation. Making this change is daunting, but strategic planning… Read more »

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High Availability Seamless Redundancy Protocol (HSR): An in-depth look

Like PRP, the High Availability Seamless Redundancy Protocol (HSR) applies the principle of parallel operation to a ring interconnecting IEDs with two links. HSR relies on ring topology, sending data… Read more »

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How smart grids will reach their potential: An Interview – Part 2

In the second half of this interview with Alain GLATIGNY, Smart Grid Innovation Vice President at Schneider Electric, Alain takes a closer look at how the European Union can smooth… Read more »

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Grid Parity vs. Grid Quality: The Smart Grid

Grid parity is a term used to describe an energy technology when it has reached a cost per kilowatt-hour equal to or below that of conventional energy production. Often government… Read more »

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Why Today’s Robots Are Boring

For decades, robots have been cool. Sony’s robotic dog called Aibo would let people experience animal companionship without the mess. Honda had a small humanoid robot called Asimo. Say “Danger,… Read more »

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Dream Big: A Safer Future with Digitized Utilities

Whether the grid is expanding or aging, keeping people safe is the most important part of utilities’ business — be it their employees, customers, or the public. But after a… Read more »

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Distributed Energy Resources require a new Paradigm in Utilities Management

There’s no denying the trend: many utilities are seeing a decreased margin between system load and generation capacity – and they are looking to fill that energy gap. This, combined… Read more »

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Arming your Smart Utility for the Future

In a recent post I covered the new and increasing challenges presented by Distributed Generation (DG), Energy Storage (ES), Distributed Energy Resources (DER), and microgrids, as well as the benefits… Read more »

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Solving the Grid Flexibility Challenge: An Interview

Flexibility is the extent to which a power system can modify electricity patterns (production or consumption) in response to variability. My colleague Renzo Coccioni, an Industry and Government Relations Director… Read more »

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