Articles Tagged: utilities

Sustainability Embedded in Electrical Equipment

Our planet’s population growth is accelerating.  Its inhabitants are hungry for resources—and electricity is high on the list. Sustainability will be one of the major challenges of our future, and… 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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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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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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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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How to approach microgrid supply quality and reliability

The paradox of microgrids is that they are often implemented to address concerns about heightened reliability and quality of energy supply, but their stability, when in island mode, is a very… Read more »

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High Availability Seamless Redundancy Protocol (HSR): An in-depth look

Like PRP, the High Availability Seamless Redundancy Protocol (HSR) applies the principle of parallel operation to a ring interconnecting IEDs with two links. HSR relies on ring topology, sending data… Read more »

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The keys to managing demand in a microgrid

In a microgrid, a key to controlling its relationship with the main grid is managing demand, i.e, the loads. With respect to the relationship between generation and demand, a microgrid’s… Read more »

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Parallel Redundancy Protocol (PRP): An in-depth look

PRP relies on the parallel operation of two local area networks (LANs). It allows a mixture of both redundant and non-redundant equipment on the same network. These are the operating… Read more »

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15 Energy Data Management Resolutions for 2015

Three weeks into the new year and there’s no shortage of articles on resolutions. Here, here, here and here are just a few interesting ones, though most of these are geared toward… Read more »

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SF6 in Medium Voltage and High Voltage switchgear unaffected by new EU F-gas regulation

On 9 June 2014 EU F‑Gas Regulation No. 517/2014 came into force. It strengthens measures to contain emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases: hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and – what I’d like to talk about –… Read more »

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How to approach microgrid supply quality and reliability

The paradox of microgrids is that they are often implemented to address concerns about heightened reliability and quality of energy supply, but their stability, when in island mode, is a very… Read more »

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Technology pushes solar one step forward; Utilities pull it one step back

If you’ve seen one trade show, you’ve seen them all. They all have the dull roar of a hundred simultaneous conversations and the drifting smell of $8 hot dogs. Last… Read more »

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Solving the Grid Flexibility Challenge: An Interview

Flexibility is the extent to which a power system can modify electricity patterns (production or consumption) in response to variability. My colleague Renzo Coccioni, an Industry and Government Relations Director… Read more »

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Smart Grid redefining technology norms

Rudyard Kipling once posed, “East is East and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.” At one time Operations Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) also were considered… 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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Utilities (and Matthew McConaughey) want us to save energy: How utilities drive smarter demand and smarter supply

That Matthew McConaughey is so hot right now. I recently saw him as a tiny cowboy in Dallas Buyer’s Club, then watched him pound his chest in The Wolf of… Read more »

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Mastering Energy Data & Preparing to Act

A tradition unlike any other. An iconic phrase to describe an iconic golf tournament. Though it’s the youngest of the four majors, there’s something almost timeless about The Masters, which… 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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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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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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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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Enabling the smart grid begins with big data and a reliable network model

In previous posts, I’ve highlighted the benefits of creating a distribution network model using an ADMS (Advanced Distribution Management System). I also discussed how ADMS loves big data. Now let’s… 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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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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Arming your Smart Utility for the Future

In a recent post I covered the new and increasing challenges presented by Distributed Generation (DG), Energy Storage (ES), Distributed Energy Resources (DER), and microgrids, as well as the benefits… 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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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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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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