Articles Tagged: utilities

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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There is no fatality: Utilities CAN adjust to new business models

The energy transition currently underway in Europe provides a unique opportunity for utilities to prosper from the development of new business models. In this post, we’ll consider the view of… 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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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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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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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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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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The Seven Pillars of Cyber Defense

Think of all the ways to access your computer systems. The number has increased dramatically now that employees commonly use mobile devices or USB keys to connect. With so many… Read more »

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How the Internet of Things will affect electrical distribution

A company like Schneider Electric has been involved with electrical distribution from the start. While that heritage is rich, the future is far more exciting. Looking at companies that have… Read more »

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Improve Your Electrical Distribution Maintenance Strategy

Electrical distribution equipment maintenance is crucial to safe, cost-effective operations. There are five major benefits to properly maintaining equipment: Protect personnel, assets, and your business Maximize uptime through preventive maintenance… Read more »

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There is no fatality: Utilities CAN adjust to new business models

The energy transition currently underway in Europe provides a unique opportunity for utilities to prosper from the development of new business models. In this post, we’ll consider the view of… 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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