Utilities

Soon at a Distribution System Near You: the Next-Generation, and Smarter, OMS

One of the things that makes a grid smarter, is smart outage restoration. Nearly every North American utility relies on some form of an Outage Management System (OMS) to help… Read more »

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Demand Response IS Supply Chain Management

Let’s acknowledge Demand Response for what it really is: the premier tool for supply chain management of electrons. Really? I know. DR came into its own by its use in… 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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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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Joint Commission: 10 most cited Healthcare facility standards

At my last HAAHE (Houston Area Association of Healthcare Engineers) meeting I watched a dynamic presentation by Susan B. Laughlin, FASHE, CHFM, CHSP who spoke about the most frequently cited… Read more »

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Stability is a Stress Free Word

“Stability” is a stress-free word. This is especially true for anyone involved in managing the power grid at any level. This includes medium voltage network operators, who like their systems… Read more »

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A Spark in the Dark

In these cold winter nights, it’s nice to find lights greeting you on the way home. I did not realize how much reassuring and useful they are, until a couple… Read more »

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What has Water got to do with Internet?

Internet of Things (IoT) uses machine-to-machine (M2M) technology to connect objects to each other via  the Internet, analyze their data, and communicate results to other objects (your Smart phone or… Read more »

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There is no TEAM in SMART GRID. Five E’s can change that.

During my college years, I earned money selling encyclopedias door-to-door. Did pretty well, too; so well that a competitor offered me a job representing a far more familiar brand. This… Read more »

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Implementing an integrated automated dispatch system to balance and optimize system resources and reliability

The challenge: Many utilities are faced with the increasing challenge of managing diverse load, demand response, distributed energy resources, generation, and variable renewables such as solar and wind power in… Read more »

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For Smart Meters to Realize Their Potential, Utilities Must Address Valid Customer Concerns

Smart meters are laying the groundwork to enable an era of smarter, connected-homes. There’s a huge influx of smart meters being installed – they now cover more than 43 percent… 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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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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Wiser Air EcoIQ: Game-changing Technology for Customers and Utilities Alike

The Wiser Air thermostat from Schneider Electric just keeps getting smarter. Schneider Electric has added technology called EcoIQ that enables Wiser Air (North America) to learn what temperatures a homeowner… Read more »

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Choosing the Right Communication Architecture for Smart Distribution

You’ve read it a thousand times – about the energy transition and the pressure for electric utilities to simultaneously accommodate new distributed generation and increase power quality, all while improving… Read more »

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The IEC 61850 standard: The force behind a less costly way to engineer a utility substation

As Ethernet protocols become more common inside of utility substations, the tendency to distribute functions across many different devices is increasing. Since open standards do not restrict designers to proprietary… Read more »

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Smart, Connected Thermostats: A Better Mousetrap for the Energy Industry

Build a better mousetrap, they say, and the world will beat a path to your door. This saying came to mind recently when I was reading an article about a… Read more »

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Residential Energy Reduction Requires Changing Customer Behavior

// At the core of any utility demand response (DR) or energy efficiency (EE) program is one simple fact: good results depend on changing people’s behavior. That’s a challenge, because… Read more »

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Remote maintenance: Early diagnosis of problems without breaking your travel budget

Wouldn’t it be nice to fix an equipment problem without having to dispatch field personnel to faraway remote locations? Thanks to recent advances in technology, the concept of remote maintenance… 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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Reduce power outages by unleashing the digital power distribution grid

Recent hurricanes have brought devastation to Puerto Rico, parts of Texas, the Caribbean, and Florida, causing millions of people to lose access to the grid. These unusually frequent catastrophic events remind… Read more »

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To Integrate or Not Integrate…. That is the Question.

To turn a phrase from the Bard, whether ‘tis nobler in the hospital system to suffer the pain and complication of non-connectivity or to take up our programmers against the… 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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Leveraging IIoT and Analytics to Reduce Equipment Failure

It’s no secret that the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) has led to an ever-expanding explosion of big data. Most assets today are equipped with data-transmitting sensors that communicate with… Read more »

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A Look Back at the Data and Asset Management Software User Conference

Our Data and Asset Management Software User Conference for Avantis, eDNA, EBS and PRiSM customers in Chicago this October provided a great opportunity for peers and software experts to share… Read more »

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Remote maintenance: Early diagnosis of problems without breaking your travel budget

Wouldn’t it be nice to fix an equipment problem without having to dispatch field personnel to faraway remote locations? Thanks to recent advances in technology, the concept of remote maintenance… 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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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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Dealing with the realities of deregulated utility markets

Electric utilities have to adapt to changing generating patterns while trying to create new kinds of relationships with customers. It isn’t an easy situation. While many companies have had to… 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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