Articles Tagged: utilities

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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Resiliency through DER and microgrids: It starts with situational awareness

Among the top goals of modern electrical distribution utilities are better network reliability and resiliency. And one emerging technology offers a way to meet those goals—microgrids. From the perspective of… Read more »

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Keep transportation operations on track with medium voltage switchgear maintenance

There are few things more frustrating than transportation disruptions — whether it’s a brief delay that adds a few minutes to your morning commute or a major transportation interruption that… 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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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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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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Boost Sustainability with a Service-Based Approach to Asset Performance Management

Successful power distribution asset management is vital for all electro-sensitive and electro-intensive industries. And companies are now under more pressure than ever to manage these assets sustainably. While different industries’… Read more »

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Intelligent Pumping: Water’s Simple Solution for Big Savings

I was talking to a customer the other day who was lamenting about how difficult it is to meet goals related to energy and cost savings when dealing with an… Read more »

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Dream Big: Decentralization and digitization causing utility market evolution

The traditional utility market is evolving as utilities contend with increasing volatility and uncertainty brought about by a shift to renewables, new technology, legislation, and other developments. Utilities need to… Read more »

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A New Paradigm for Utilities: The Rise of the Prosumer

The energy industry’s business model has remained fundamentally unaltered over the last century. It’s a model that emerged out of the Edison age, where the utility was responsible for generating… Read more »

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How can utilities protect themselves against cyber attacks?

The energy industry is attracting the attention of hackers looking to cause widespread disruption. This should worry all of us, as the energy that utilities provide serves as the lifeblood… 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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Knights of the Smart Grid

Today’s 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, enhancing… Read more »

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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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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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What will Medium Voltage switchgear look like in the future?

The electrical industry is without doubt one of the most conservative in terms of updating technology, including medium voltage (MV) and high voltage (HV) switchgear. Why is that? For one… Read more »

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The far-reaching benefits of smart metering

For many utilities, smart metering is a launching point for Smart Grid implementations, and is a means of increasing operational efficiency and energy savings. It can also have numerous benefits… 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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Substation Cyber Security: How Vulnerabilities Create Asset Management Challenges

When cyber threats were less of an issue than they are today, the relationship between a utility and a vendor was based on discussions about bugs that could be found… 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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CIRED 2015 Highlights: European DSO Flexibility

CIRED, of course, is arguably the most important technical conference for those who work in and around the European electrical utility industry. If you missed it, allow me to fill… 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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Increase Nuclear Equipment Reliability with Predictive Analytics

In an industry that faces much speculation, skepticism and criticism, near perfect performance and operation is critical. Nuclear power plant personnel are expected to run every unit at maximum capacity… Read more »

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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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4 Steps Toward Substation Cybersecurity

When it comes to utility substation automation, how do you put basic cybersecurity concepts into practice? Concepts like availability, integrity, confidentiality (AIC), or authorization, authentication, and auditability (AAA) need the… Read more »

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Why Falling Oil May Not Hurt Renewable Power or Climate Change

The recent sharp drop in oil prices has sparked much debate on the cause, and also the profound effects for both consuming and producing countries.   Relatively little attention has been… 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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Integration is key in smart utility operation

I posted earlier about utilities experiencing a convergence of Operations Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) that is bringing together applications and devices in new ways and tying together systems… 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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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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