Utilities

High-tech power system immunity at work: the self-healing distribution network

To reduce distribution network performance problems, huge investments can be made to replace aging infrastructure. Yet, with overall demand increasing and reliable power being so vital for businesses and services,… Read more »

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Secure Power services: why a smooth “handover” is vital to a lifecycle approach

Commercial and industrial assets such as ships, airports, manufacturing plants, oil rigs, or hospitals involve highly specialized systems that need power protection and cooling to keep these mission-critical applications secure… Read more »

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Demand Response by Any Name

Would you buy a car named “Drinks Gas, Turns Wheels, Spews Fumes”? Well, maybe, if you’re an engineer; otherwise “Cobra” does a much better job firing the imagination and generating… Read more »

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Is Your Energy Glide Slope Set for a Smooth Landing?

Glide slope is a term used to describe the path of flight that ensures a safe and successful landing for an airplane. It can also be used to describe a… Read more »

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Distributed Energy Resources require a new Paradigm in Utilities Management

There’s no denying the trend: many utilities are seeing a decreased margin between system load and generation capacity – and they are looking to fill that energy gap. This, combined… Read more »

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Add ‘sustainability’ to ADMS returns

I posted previously about the challenge of managing load and utilizing Distributed Energy Resources (DERs), including renewables and energy storage, to maintain the margin between significantly increasing demand and system… Read more »

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Advanced distribution management will define next-generation energy providers

In a previous post, I introduced ADMS, the Advanced Distribution Management System – a solution that enables an electric utility to deliver reliable service, even as energy demand continuously increases… Read more »

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Learn How Schneider Can Help You at Xperience Efficiency 2013 Dallas

Early this month we completed the first leg of our Xperience Efficiency 2013 tour, a new event that showcases the breadth and depth of Schneider Electric’s offerings for driving energy… Read more »

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Big challenges call for serious solutions

Efficient and effective operation of today’s electric energy distribution network is a lot different than managing a bulk power transmission network or, for that matter, a previous-generation distribution network. Today’s… Read more »

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GIS can help when minutes and miles count

It seems that large-scale natural disasters such as hurricanes, massive wildfires, and tornadoes are lining up for a chance to pounce on us. Their succession of occurrence reminds us we… Read more »

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Intelligent Pumping: Water’s Simple Solution for Big Savings

I was talking to a customer the other day who was lamenting about how difficult it is to meet goals related to energy and cost savings when dealing with an… 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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3 Best Practices for Utility Demand Response and Energy Efficiency Program Design

// In my last post,  I went through some of the drivers that prompt utilities to implement demand response (DR) and energy efficiency (EE) programs, and why it’s important to… Read more »

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For Best Results, Understand the Drivers Behind Utility Demand Response and Energy Efficiency Programs

// For a utility demand response management (DR) or energy efficiency (EE) program to be successful, it has to be designed based on a deep understanding of the problem to… 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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Electric Utilities: Boost Communications Reliability with MPLS

An efficient, resilient communication infrastructure is key to utilities’ ability to control and maintain electrical power distribution and manage equipment in the grid. Success depends on a communication platform and… 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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How You Can Optimize Your Maintenance Today with the IoT

Plant operations and maintenance professionals today work in a challenging environment. Operators and engineers across multiple industries are being pushed to reduce maintenance costs, extend the asset lifecycle and increase… 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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How Utilities Can Glean More Value from their Data

To become more effective at marketing, utilities would do well to follow the lead of Internet giants like Amazon. Amazon does a great job at suggesting products you may want… Read more »

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Distributed Energy Resources require a new Paradigm in Utilities Management

There’s no denying the trend: many utilities are seeing a decreased margin between system load and generation capacity – and they are looking to fill that energy gap. This, combined… 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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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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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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How to Provide Power Protection in an Industrial Internet of Things Environment

When we look at the Internet of Things as it relates to industrial environments we are, in most cases, making use of the same types of devices and controllers –… 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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ADMS loves big data

Many utilities have voiced concerns over “big data” with valid reasons. The massive amount of data now streaming from smart devices, meters, and other sources including weather systems and social… 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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Why Today’s Robots Are Boring

For decades, robots have been cool. Sony’s robotic dog called Aibo would let people experience animal companionship without the mess. Honda had a small humanoid robot called Asimo. Say “Danger,… Read more »

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Best Practices for Energy Efficiency and Demand Response Program Evaluation

// A series of recent blog posts about energy efficiency and direct response programs, covered goals, design, security and delivery. This blog post looks at a final, crucial component: Program… Read more »

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