Utilities

The transformation of today’s power industry: seizing the opportunities

There is no question that today’s power market is facing big shifts. Energy-related megatrends, technological advancements, and market disruptions are pushing this transformation. The growing need for energy — driven… Read more »

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Worried about the reliability of your ageing LV or MV networks – read on to discover your options

Do you have a strategy for modernising or replacing your aging LV and MV electrical switchgear? A reliable, safe, easily maintainable power network is more crucial than ever because downtime… Read more »

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Don’t Underestimate the Power of Digital Transformation

It’s plain to see that the utility industry is facing a deep digital transformation. Renewables, distributed generation, smart grids, new regulations, changing customer expectations, and a host of other factors… 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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So you have old switchgear installed: what next?

The question on spending a significant portion of finances in maintenance and services of one’s installation has baffled many of us. There are no second thoughts on the fact regularly scheduled maintenance,… 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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Why are there more power outages than ever and how can the impact be averted?

The U.S. electric grid loses power 285 percent more often now than in 1984 and endures more blackouts than any other developed nation, costing Americans as much as $150 billion… 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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5 questions you need to ask when dealing with aging electrical distribution equipment

Aging electrical equipment and components are not only inefficient, they’re potentially dangerous. Overheating in electrical enclosures, usually caused by loose connections and friction (due to lack of or improper lubrication) can… Read more »

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How Well Can Your Switchgear Handle Harsh Environments?

Utility industry developments, such as the growing adoption of smart grids and increasing move toward decentralized energy, are changing equipment demands. Medium voltage switchgear is under more pressure than ever… Read more »

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How can utilities protect themselves against cyber attacks?

The energy industry is attracting the attention of hackers looking to cause widespread disruption. This should worry all of us, as the energy that utilities provide serves as the lifeblood… Read more »

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Dream Big: Utility Efficiency in the Future

Efficiency is a fundamental component of utilities’ future and the opportunities for improvement are everywhere. The importance of energy efficiency is being recognized worldwide, as shown through a flurry of… Read more »

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What’s the best way to maintain an electrical system?

An electrical network is the lifeblood that drives business operations. Network operators and plant managers face a two-fold problem: maintaining their networks to ensure uninterrupted power while dealing with budget… Read more »

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Demand Response is Bigger than You Think

If you’ve been in the Demand Response Business since, oh, 2000 or so, it seems old hat. Never mind that Telecom deregulation took decades to deliver on its promises or… Read more »

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New Tools Expand the Reach of IEC 61850

Electrical power systems’ evolution toward a smart grid is spurring the growth of network automation on all voltage levels. The IEC 61850 standard is quickly emerging as the choice for designing… Read more »

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Microgrids: Are They Mainstream Yet?

The U.S. microgrid market is expected to grow five-fold from about $8 billion in 2013 to $40 billion in 2020. To me, that indicates an immediate need, as well as… Read more »

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Optimizing your Smart Utility – a Roadmap to Success

In my last post, I described how an Advanced Distribution Management Systems (ADMS) – a convergence of SCADA, DMS, OMS, EMS, and DSM functions – is an essential ingredient in… Read more »

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Preventive maintenance: longer life for your electrical distribution equipment at optimal costs

Electrical distribution equipment lies at the heart of every modern business, powering the machines and systems responsible for key processes. Vital equipment, such as circuit breakers, protection relays, or transformers,… Read more »

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The far-reaching benefits of smart metering

For many utilities, smart metering is a launching point for Smart Grid implementations, and is a means of increasing operational efficiency and energy savings. It can also have numerous benefits… Read more »

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Dream Big: The future of reliability for utilities

Reliability is at the forefront of utilities’ concerns, and rightly so. People expect power to flow 24/7 and any interruption is disruptive for customers and costly for utilities in terms… 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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Preventive maintenance: longer life for your electrical distribution equipment at optimal costs

Electrical distribution equipment lies at the heart of every modern business, powering the machines and systems responsible for key processes. Vital equipment, such as circuit breakers, protection relays, or transformers,… Read more »

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Secure Power Beyond the Data Center

In today’s digital world, when we think about problems around power interruptions, the systems that are top of mind for many of us are information technology (IT) systems, meaning everything… 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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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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New Tools Expand the Reach of IEC 61850

Electrical power systems’ evolution toward a smart grid is spurring the growth of network automation on all voltage levels. The IEC 61850 standard is quickly emerging as the choice for designing… Read more »

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The Electric Utility Paradox: The Most Effective Way to Create New Power Sources is to Consume Less Power

A statistic reported in July, 2013, in The Economist was mind-boggling: “America uses more energy for air conditioning than Africa uses for everything.” Africa has more than three times the… Read more »

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3 SCADA considerations to optimize your industrial operation

Today’s business climate is putting plants under intense financial pressure, and operations and maintenance budgets are among the first to be cut. Fewer personnel are expected to operate and maintain… Read more »

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2SIS Switchgear: compact, tough, and built to last

The demands that the two-way flow of energy in smart grid places on MV switchgear raises a critical question: can it cope with the rigours of operation in the toughest… Read more »

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Optimizing Operations and Maintenance with Predictive Analytics

The amount of data available today is providing utilities with the information needed to operate more efficiently, effectively and safely. Predictive analytics solutions transform raw data into actionable insights, allowing… Read more »

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