Utilities

EcoXpert Brings IoT to the Heart of the Amazon

The value delivered from Critical Power EcoXperts Every year Critical Power EcoXperts from across Latin America get together for training and professional development, and they share with each other some… Read more »

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Why asset management starts with a strategic maintenance plan

What are your biggest operational worries? If your first thought was “equipment failure,” you’re not alone. Equipment is at the heart of business operations and failure can not only affect… Read more »

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Get more from your smart grid by harnessing data

A momentous digital transformation is underway as distribution utilities fight for a place in the new energy world. Traditional business models are disrupted and utilities must digitize to tackle major… Read more »

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Discover the Future of Digital Transformation

No matter the vertical market, industrial companies today operate under multiple constraints – an aging workforce, increasing regulatory burdens and tighter margins. In order to maintain profitability under these circumstances,… Read more »

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Nuclear Plants Can Boost Reliability with Predictive Maintenance

The rapid growth in electricity demand combined with movements to curtail emissions has created an opportunity for nuclear energy as a zero carbon emission energy source. However, in an industry… Read more »

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Focus on Your Risk Strategy: Cyber Security for the Smart Grid

Today’s automated distribution grids are under pressure to significantly improve network and operational efficiency while still securing critical infrastructure reliability. The transformation of existing utility assets thanks to the convergence… Read more »

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Resiliency through DER and microgrids: It starts with situational awareness

Among the top goals of modern electrical distribution utilities are better network reliability and resiliency. And one emerging technology offers a way to meet those goals—microgrids. From the perspective of… Read more »

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Keep transportation operations on track with medium voltage switchgear maintenance

There are few things more frustrating than transportation disruptions — whether it’s a brief delay that adds a few minutes to your morning commute or a major transportation interruption that… Read more »

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Increase Asset Availability, Reliability and Performance with APM 4.0

There is a revolution happening in asset performance management (APM). The intersection of Industry 4.0, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and technologies such as predictive maintenance, cloud, big data and… Read more »

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How Microgrids Help Tackle Global Energy Challenges

Microgrids are proving to be a solution for many energy challenges — whether the issue is energy reliability, independence, accessibility, or cost optimization. Let’s look at these at a high… 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Energy Storage: A Better Solution for Reducing Demand Response Charges

As mentioned in a previous blog post, there’s been a lot of talk of late about energy storage technology and the role it promises to play in our energy future…. Read more »

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