Smart Grid

Soon at a Distribution System Near You: the Next-Generation, and Smarter, OMS

One of the things that makes a grid smarter, is smart outage restoration. Nearly every North American utility relies on some form of an Outage Management System (OMS) to help… Read more »

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Managing baseball and utility infrastructure: it’s all in the field

OK, it’s baseball time of the year, and I thought about team management putting players’ numbers to work to get the best game they can. Maybe it’s a stretch to… Read more »

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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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How to Balance Safety and Cost when Deploying Intelligent Devices

In the previous post in this series, I gave an overview of how utilities can use the IEC 61508 standard as a framework to maintain high levels of safety while… 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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6 Ways Smart Grid Technology Can Solve Medium Voltage Substation Challenges – Part 2

One of the greatest challenges utilities face is how to introduce smart grid technology toadapt to a decarbonized, decentralized, and digitized environment. MV/LV substationsare at the core of any electrical… 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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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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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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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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Optimizing your Smart Utility – a Roadmap to Success

In my last post, I described how an Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS) – a convergence of SCADA, DMS, OMS, EMS, and DSM functions – is an essential ingredient in… Read more »

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Life Is On at Elecrama 2016!

It is a moment of great pride for Schneider Electric to be present in Elecrama 2016 –  one of the biggest events in the world of electricity. Our presence at… Read more »

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The Year Ahead in Enterprise APM

In 2016 we saw the Enterprise APM market continue to evolve. In a tough economic year, more and more organizations leveraged the IIoT to maximize their economic return on assets,… Read more »

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Add ‘sustainability’ to ADMS returns

I posted previously about the challenge of managing load and utilizing Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), including renewables and energy storage, to maintain the margin between significantly increasing demand and system… Read more »

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Novel Ideas for Energy Generation

The quest to diversify from fossil fuels has perhaps been no more successfully implemented than in Germany, where on the 14th morning of last month, it achieved a record 74% of… Read more »

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Microgrids: Back in the Spotlight

Consider three trends: Recent extreme weather events that left thousands without electricity for days Willingness to reduce dependency on imported fossil fuels by switching to local renewable energies Desperately slow… Read more »

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Fast Data is the New Paradigm for IoT Solutions

The Fast Data paradigm is one of the latest narratives to come out of the Big Data domain and has been spurred on by the success of IoT and the… Read more »

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Achieving Smart Infrastructure Goals with Cloud Technology

If you’re in the IT department at a utility, you know full well the challenges of managing the continual updates and changes associated with information technology hardware, platform systems, and… Read more »

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Switchgear Market Heating Up In India

Switchgear is a collective term used for a combination of devices that are used to monitor, control, regulate and protect electrical installations throughout the grid ranging from generation, transmission, distribution,… Read more »

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Value Innovation – Different Thinking, Many Possibilities

To outsmart their competition, organizations develop strategies which are largely based on augmenting beneficial changes in cost and quality. While doing that they operate in confined boundaries of known territories…. Read more »

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