Articles Tagged: utilities

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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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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Toward Better Configuration Management for Substation Cybersecurity

Within a substation context, there are multiple types of configuration. One type is specific to a device, such as the number of boards and the configuration of each board. This… 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Distribution Substation Goes Wireless

Not so very long ago, there was little demand for low-voltage monitoring and control. The gradual proliferation of distributed resources – particularly wind and solar energy – has changed all… 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Asset Management Solutions in the Age of IoT

Utilities were once able to ensure grid security and reliability using a minimal amount of asset information from substations, RTUs, relays, transformers, meters, and lines. They relied on an overdesigned… Read more »

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