Articles Tagged: Smart Grid

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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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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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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Augmented Reality Expands Its Reach

Is augmented reality (AR) more than a fad? Based on its adoption in both our social and working lives, the answer seems to be a resounding yes. Augmented reality allows… Read more »

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Smart Energy Generation Equals Flexible Generation

The rapid influx of renewable energy projects coming online implies pricing and dispatch patterns for the utility companies who are integrating them will be increasingly influenced by the variable nature… Read more »

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ADMS – the key to enhancing utility outage management performance

A worst case scenario for electric distribution utility companies is dealing with concurrent, large area, extended service outages, resulting in frustrated customers, negative community impact, high restoration costs, and poor… Read more »

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An e-House Substation that Ushers in New Technology and Rethinks Standards

Prefabricated E-house (HV/LV) substations are a booming, fiercely competitive business. I’m talking about applications that range from PV or wind farm boxes to shore connections and data centres. I’m also… 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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Smart Cities – From concept to action

There is a lot of humdrum we hear about Smart Cities these days. It is about time that we demystify Smart Cities and change the conversation from a rhetorical tone… Read more »

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Making the IT/OT-integrated distribution grid happen

We’ve talked about how the convergence of Operations Technology (OT), the physical grid infrastructure assets and applications, and Information Technology (IT), the human interface that enables rapid and informed decision… Read more »

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Decarbonization: Why utilities must focus on people

Utilities are deeply involved in the fight against climate change. Regulations at both a global and country level impel companies to combat it by significantly cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Utilities’… 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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(Re)charge the World – with your House

Since I was a child, one of my favorite dreams was about time travel. Much to the chagrin of my history teacher, I was not interested in the past: I… Read more »

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8 Issues Driving Transformation at Distribution Utilities

What’s propelling distribution utilities to digitize, decarbonize, and decentralize their business? For an overview of the situation, let’s look at eight crucial change drivers. Decentralization One of the biggest game… Read more »

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Get Paid for Saving Energy with Demand Response

Storms such as the recent Hurricane Sandy tend to get your attention focused on how much we rely on electricity – and the problems we suffer when it’s not available…. Read more »

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Electric Vehicles are Good for the Environment – and for the Concept of Smart Cities

Last week’s launch of the BMW i3, BMW’s first electric vehicle, is generating a fair amount of chatter among auto enthusiasts as well as folks who are simply concerned about… Read more »

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Dream Big: Decarbonization Key to Utilities’ Future

Utilities are undergoing a fundamental transformation as they wrestle with the challenges of climate change. The earth is warming and that can cause large, potentially hazardous changes in the climate… Read more »

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How Do Prefabricated Data Centers contribute to a Smart City?

Two of the main talking points at events I attended towards the end of 2013 were Smart Cities and Prefabricated Modular Data Centers. I had a bit of a packed… Read more »

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Smart Cities – From concept to action

There is a lot of humdrum we hear about Smart Cities these days. It is about time that we demystify Smart Cities and change the conversation from a rhetorical tone… Read more »

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The Smart Grid for Water

  Energy is rightfully top of mind for building professionals, and it should be with its cost and environmental impact. Looking at buildings specifically, which consume about 40% of primary… Read more »

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Focus on Your Risk Strategy: Cyber Security for the Smart Grid

Today’s automated distribution grids are under pressure to significantly improve network and operational efficiency while still securing critical infrastructure reliability. The transformation of existing utility assets thanks to the convergence… Read more »

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Augmented Reality Expands Its Reach

Is augmented reality (AR) more than a fad? Based on its adoption in both our social and working lives, the answer seems to be a resounding yes. Augmented reality allows… Read more »

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Achieving Energy Efficiency & a lot more through the Smart Grid

Meeting electricity needs in a cost-effective way has always remained a challenge. In other words, it has continuously been an unachieved target to generate carbon free and efficient power, distribute… Read more »

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Knights of the Smart Grid

Today’s electric utility is faced with numerous Smart Grid challenges: improving fault and outage management, reducing peak loads via demand response, optimizing variable renewable energy resources, managing electric vehicle charging,… Read more »

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New, smaller voltage transformers to become fixtures on the Smart Grid

As efforts to make the low-carbon economy a reality gather pace, the smart grid has ushered in great new opportunities for energy efficiency. Crucial to energy efficiency on the demand-driven,… Read more »

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Electrical Grid Security is Serious Business

As we move further into the 21st century it’s difficult to imagine electrical installations that won’t be, in one way or another, connected. The Internet of Things is here and… Read more »

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Re-urbanization Is Driving the Need for Smart Cities

There’s a re-urbanization movement afoot that is bringing people back into cities – and it’s creating stress on systems that control everything from transportation and water to energy distribution and… Read more »

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Hilton Worldwide Could be Making More Room for Schneider Electric Energy Management Solutions

Besides being one of the best known and most respected names in the hospitality industry, Hilton is also one of the largest companies in the sector with 10 brands, more… 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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