Smart Grid

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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Distributech: Learn, Experiment, Do

The curtain is closed on the largest and most successful Distributech conference in its history. At last count, there were 9,823 registered attendees with an additional 400 registered for the… Read more »

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The Green Generator and the Smart Grid

Demand Response, Variable Pricing, and Time of Use are three tools used by utilities to reduce energy consumption, and are part of the emerging idea known as the smart grid…. Read more »

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What is Smart Grid? Distributech wants to know.

The just concluded Consumer Electronics Show was a massive showcase of cool new ways to use electricity. It is unlikely the attendees and exhibitors thought of it that way, though… Read more »

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Data Center Location: Balancing Energy Costs with Local Data Legislation Part 2

    At the recent Data Centres Europe 2012 conference, Aaron Davis, CMO of Schneider Electric gave a keynote address about energy and the issues faced by the data center… Read more »

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Executive take: the OpEx Opportunity Remains Strong

If you’re wondering when the economy will return to high-growth in capital expenditures for building automation, data center infrastructure, and other products needed during boom times, you may be overlooking… 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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Co-innovation and the startling genius of swarms

Have you ever seen a flock of hundreds of starlings change direction suddenly? It seems as if they are flying as a single entity. It’s spectacular. There is something startling… 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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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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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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Electric Utilities: Boost Communications Reliability with MPLS

An efficient, resilient communication infrastructure is key to utilities’ ability to control and maintain electrical power distribution and manage equipment in the grid. Success depends on a communication platform and… Read more »

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How to apply standards when deploying intelligent devices

In the first 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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Reduce Power Outages by Unleashing the Digital Power Distribution Grid

Recent hurricanes have brought devastation to Puerto Rico, parts of Texas, the Caribbean, and Florida, causing millions of people to lose access to the grid. These unusually frequent catastrophic events remind… Read more »

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Batteries not included – Fundamentals for Energy Management Strategies

As I celebrated the holidays with my family, I am constantly reminded of the similarities between the daily energy management dilemmas facing the world and my children’s new Christmas toys…. Read more »

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Choosing the Right Communication Architecture for Smart Distribution

You’ve read it a thousand times – about the energy transition and the pressure for electric utilities to simultaneously accommodate new distributed generation and increase power quality, all while improving… Read more »

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3 things utilities should look for when choosing an AMI services provider

Every electric utility understands the importance of smart meters and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) in realizing Smart Grid objectives. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 533 electric utilities in… Read more »

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Sailing Close to the Wind – Power Margins and Smart Grids

As a regular media commentator, it’s easy to tell when a breaking story has caught the attention of the public. When National Grid, the UK power system operator, announced expected… Read more »

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How Smart Grids Will Reach Their Potential: An Interview – Part 1

Smart grids are the future for utilities. Their many benefits include improving reliability and efficiency, increasing flexibility, and allowing utilities to better integrate renewable resources. In this interview with Edifícios… Read more »

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How Microgrids Help Tackle Global Energy Challenges

Microgrids are proving to be a solution for many energy challenges — whether the issue is energy reliability, independence, accessibility, or cost optimization. Let’s look at these at a high… Read more »

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How to apply standards when deploying intelligent devices

In the first 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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The Missing ‘Second Cities’

I live in Bangalore and the time taken by me to commute to office and reach back home has been painfully increasing in the last few years. Bangalore is now… 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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The Clip-on connection for round-the-clock panelboard monitoring

Once upon a time panelboards were kept in basements out of sight. They’d get an inspection visit once every six months, maybe, when a circuit breaker tripped. Not any more…. Read more »

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On the Way to the Smart Medium Voltage Cubicle

Electronics combined with information and communications technology (ITC) are permeating our everyday life more and more. Cars, planes and phones have them. Refrigerators have them. Even our clothes now have… Read more »

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Learn How Schneider Can Help You at Xperience Efficiency 2013 Dallas

Early this month we completed the first leg of our Xperience Efficiency 2013 tour, a new event that showcases the breadth and depth of Schneider Electric’s offerings for driving energy… Read more »

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