Smart Grid

New Tools Expand the Reach of IEC 61850

Electrical power systems’ evolution toward a smart grid is spurring the growth of network automation on all voltage levels. The IEC 61850 standard is quickly emerging as the choice for designing… Read more »

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The Distribution Substation Goes Wireless

Not so very long ago, there was little demand for low-voltage monitoring and control. The gradual proliferation of distributed resources – particularly wind and solar energy – has changed all… 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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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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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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3 Best Practices for Reducing IT Energy Use – and Curbing Global Energy Demand

The demand for energy around the world is continuing unabated. The International Energy Agency, which is focused on ensuring reliable, clean energy for its 29 member countries and beyond, predicts… Read more »

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Are Smart Grids Profitable? Yes.

Conventional grids require expensive upkeep and increase the likelihood of electrical blackouts. However, smart grid implementation also comes with a significant cost. Is it worthwhile? Can smart grids pay for… Read more »

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How Can Utilities Save Energy in the Smart Grid Era?

We’ve all heard the buzzwords: smart grid, energy efficiency…and more. But for utility electrical distributors, applying smart grid technologies turns those buzzwords into practical solutions for common issues. Utilities today… Read more »

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The Seven Pillars of Cyber Defense

Think of all the ways to access your computer systems. The number has increased dramatically now that employees commonly use mobile devices or USB keys to connect. With so many… 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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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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Jeremy Rifkin Says China Can Lead the Third Industrial Revolution by Focusing on Renewable Energy

In a post a few months ago I mentioned Jeremy Rifkin, whose book “The Third Industrial Revolution” I found to be an insightful argument for how we need to move… 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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“Arc Flash” vs. “Internal Arc Resistance” – A tale of two terms

I work for an electrical equipment manufacturer. So, when customers ask for the arc flash characteristics of our medium-voltage switchgear, I scratch my head. Because it doesn’t have any. Similarly,… Read more »

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The Transformation From DNO to DSO

If you work for a distribution network operator (DNO), you probably spend a lot of time planning for the future. That’s partly because modern distribution networks are no longer designed… Read more »

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GUEST POST: China at an Environmental Crossroads: Trends and Strategies – Part 2

In this guest post, we reconnect with Rosie Pidcock for an analysis of The China Greentech Report 2013. (You may want to read Part 1 if you missed it.) The… Read more »

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Now trending in Europe: Utilities are discovering the benefits offered by demand response strategies

Following the example of the U.S. – the most mature market for demand response technologies – the utility industry in Europe is clearly on the verge of massive demand response… Read more »

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Energy Storage: So Much More Than Just a Battery

Energy storage technology – meaning stationary batteries – has been in the news quite a bit in recent months, with CEOs of large companies making bold predictions about how the… Read more »

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3 SCADA considerations to optimize your industrial operation

Today’s business climate is putting plants under intense financial pressure, and operations and maintenance budgets are among the first to be cut. Fewer personnel are expected to operate and maintain… Read more »

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The Future State: Growth of Distributed Energy Resources and Microgrids

If you’re involved in operating a distribution network, you know that there has never been a more challenging time for utility companies. The pace of change is only accelerating, driven… Read more »

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Energy Storage: So Much More Than Just a Battery

Energy storage technology – meaning stationary batteries – has been in the news quite a bit in recent months, with CEOs of large companies making bold predictions about how the… Read more »

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Advanced distribution management will define next-generation energy providers

In a previous post, I introduced ADMS, the Advanced Distribution Management System – a solution that enables an electric utility to deliver reliable service, even as energy demand continuously increases… 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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A Vaccine Against the Utility Death Spiral

In a previous blog post, I described the threat to utilities of the rise of distributed generation and how they could fend off this risk by highlighting the intrinsic value… Read more »

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“Arc Flash” vs. “Internal Arc Resistance” – A tale of two terms

I work for an electrical equipment manufacturer. So, when customers ask for the arc flash characteristics of our medium-voltage switchgear, I scratch my head. Because it doesn’t have any. Similarly,… 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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Sustainability starts at home with the 2014 Solar Decathlon Competition

here is a growing trend among new home builders to consider not just street appeal, price, and location when they plan their new home, but also to consider sustainability.  Factors… Read more »

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Debunking the Myth of the Electrical Utilities Death Spiral

With the drop in price of distributed energy systems (mainly solar PV), the cost of energy for some prosumers becomes lower than the one provided by the grid. They are… Read more »

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GIS can help when minutes and miles count

It seems that large-scale natural disasters such as hurricanes, massive wildfires, and tornadoes are lining up for a chance to pounce on us. Their succession of occurrence reminds us we… Read more »

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The ‘before and after’ of installing an electrical energy storage system: service = success

As grid operators continue to establish or expand their smart grid strategies worldwide, many major commercial and industrial businesses are already setting plans to control their own energy futures. The… Read more »

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