Articles Tagged: utilities

Protection network redundancy protocols

Historically, protection and control (P&C) schemes relied on hardwired communication: direct, point-to-point connections between Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs). The problem with that approach is it’s difficult to correct, modify, and… 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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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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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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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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Arc-flash protection options and GOOSE communication

An arc flash is an electrical explosion that can greatly endanger human life as well as damage or destroy expensive equipment. In fact, arc-flash temperatures can reach 35,000° F, according… 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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Trends in Utilities Part 3: You’ll need Customers for a Virtual Power Plant

What do Smart Homes, Smart Cities, Microgrids, the Internet of Things, New York’s REV docket, Demand Response, Big Data, and Transactive Energy have in common? All are required for the… Read more »

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Trends in Utilities Part 2: Proactive Customer Engagement

In the past, utility customers were simply energy consumers, power flow was one way from generation to load, and demand was fairly predictable.  This situation has inverted, as consumers are… Read more »

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Trends in Utilities Part 1: Internet of Thing (IOT) is coming…Are you ready for it?

The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) took place early in January and there is a lot of buzz about Home Automation. Being a long-time bit of a geek myself in this… Read more »

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Empower Mobile Workforce to be Active Participants in Real-Time Operations

Technology, enabled by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), is empowering organizations to shift to a holistic and operations-centric view where proactive and predictive maintenance (PdM) enables front line personnel… 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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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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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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Forming a more engaged utility-to-customer relationship

The change to seeing a residence as a customer rather than just a rate payer is a big jump, but it doesn’t have to be a difficult one. Your ability… Read more »

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Dealing with the realities of deregulated utility markets

Electric utilities have to adapt to changing generating patterns while trying to create new kinds of relationships with customers. It isn’t an easy situation. While many companies have had to… Read more »

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Distributed Energy Resources and Microgrids – Challenges, Benefits and Solutions for Smart Utilities

In a previous post, I discussed the unprecedented growth of Distributed Generation (DG), Energy Storage (ES), Distributed Energy Resources (DER), and microgrids. In this post, I will cover the challenges… Read more »

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3-step plan for improving utility network safety performance

Neither energy consumers nor utilities can afford electrical network downtime. Maintenance of safe and reliable systems is critical.  To help manage increasing consumer demand, utilities have replaced electromechanical technologies with… Read more »

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Understanding the energy value chain

Utilities, grid operators, and consumers all benefit when everyone understands and manages how energy flows. While we tend to consider electrical generation and distribution to be separated into discrete things,… Read more »

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“Predictive” Asset Management Tools: Well Worth the Investment for Utilities

The utility industry is in a state of flux as renewable energy farms share more and more of the grid with traditional energy generating plants. Distributed generation growth and the… 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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Weather: This Decade’s Geolocation – Part 3 of 3

The evolution of weather intelligence In our previous blog in this three-part series, we examined specific kinds of weather data and how they can be used to help organizations improve… Read more »

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Dream Big: A Safer Future with Digitized Utilities

Whether the grid is expanding or aging, keeping people safe is the most important part of utilities’ business — be it their employees, customers, or the public. But after a… Read more »

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