Articles Tagged: utilities

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Managing the grid, one house at a time

How much effect can it have on the grid to change the temperature in a single house? Not much, but with a coordinated effort, the difference can be huge. Wiser… 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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Leveraging Data for Smarter Energy Management

With the proliferation of personal smart devices, we are beginning to make good use of data in our everyday lives – placing the world at our fingertips and bringing us… 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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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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Duke Energy Case Study: Fire Stations, Microgrids and Meters

The meter, known for its predominant usage and dependability over decades, must take a bow. The Schneider Electric meter stars in a production that’s gaining applause wherever it’s incorporated: the… 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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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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9 Reasons You Should GOOSE Your IED Network Protection Schemes

Traditionally, electrical network protection schemes rely on hardwired connections between Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs). The problem with that approach is it makes it difficult to correct, modify, or update the… Read more »

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Want engagement with residential electrical customers? Make sure your energy management interface is something they’ll want to use.

But, would you want that thing in your house? In 1880, as the Arts and Crafts movement was beginning to take shape, William Morris made what would become his most… Read more »

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