Utilities

“Predictive” Asset Management Tools: Well Worth the Investment for Utilities

The utility industry is in a state of flux as renewable energy farms share more and more of the grid with traditional energy generating plants. Distributed generation growth and the… Read more »

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Control corrosion to extend the life of medium voltage switchgear

Extending a medium voltage switchgear’s lifespan by making it reliable and fail-safe saves money, reduces downtime, and improves performance, but what’s the best way to do it? The intended lifespan… Read more »

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Dream Big: A Safer Future with Digitized Utilities

Whether the grid is expanding or aging, keeping people safe is the most important part of utilities’ business — be it their employees, customers, or the public. But after a… 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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Decarbonization: Why utilities must focus on people

Utilities are deeply involved in the fight against climate change. Regulations at both a global and country level impel companies to combat it by significantly cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Utilities’… 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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Using PMDs (Power Metering & Monitoring Devices) to Measure and Manage Energy Costs

Electricity meters have been critical components in facility electrical design since utility customers began paying for the commodity. However, while traditional meters at service-entrance points provide utilities with the consumption… 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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Why Proactive UPS Maintenance is Crucial to Preventing Industrial Equipment Failure

Industrial environments can be harsh in terms of temperature, humidity, vibration, dust and all sorts of other elements. Given that, companies tend to take steps to protect the equipment and… Read more »

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Why smart meters are key to achieving high efficiency buildings

By 2030 global electricity consumption will be 70% higher than it is today. At the same time, energy efficiency solutions will account for 57% of the reductions in greenhouse gas… Read more »

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Augmented Reality Expands Its Reach

Is augmented reality (AR) more than a fad? Based on its adoption in both our social and working lives, the answer seems to be a resounding yes. Augmented reality allows… Read more »

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4 Steps Toward Substation Cybersecurity

When it comes to utility substation automation, how do you put basic cybersecurity concepts into practice? Concepts like availability, integrity, confidentiality (AIC), or authorization, authentication, and auditability (AAA) need the… 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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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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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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4 key points for recycling Medium Voltage and High Voltage equipment

If you have Medium Voltage (MV) or High Voltage (HV) electrical equipment that is ready to retire, you need to determine whether or not that equipment contains Sulphur Hexafluoride (SF6)… Read more »

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“Arc Flash” vs. “Internal Arc Resistance” – A tale of two terms

I work for an electrical equipment manufacturer. So, when customers ask for the arc flash characteristics of our medium-voltage switchgear, I scratch my head. Because it doesn’t have any. Similarly,… Read more »

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Using PMDs (Power Metering & Monitoring Devices) to Measure and Manage Energy Costs

Electricity meters have been critical components in facility electrical design since utility customers began paying for the commodity. However, while traditional meters at service-entrance points provide utilities with the consumption… 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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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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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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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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Integration is key in smart utility operation

I posted earlier about utilities experiencing a convergence of Operations Technology (OT) and Information Technology (IT) that is bringing together applications and devices in new ways and tying together systems… 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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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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What your switchgear needs and deserves

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 that with… Read more »

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Learn How Utilities Predict Asset Failure and Reduce Downtime

Technology triggers like the Industrial Internet of Things, big data analytics, mobility and workflow collaboration represent new opportunities for significant reliability, efficiency and safety improvements in the power industry. The… Read more »

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Energy Storage: So Much More Than Just a Battery

Energy storage technology – meaning stationary batteries – has been in the news quite a bit in recent months, with CEOs of large companies making bold predictions about how the… Read more »

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So, what is the smartness quotient of your city?

…Urbanization is expected to continue rising in both the more developed and the less developed regions so that, by 2050, urban dwellers will likely account for 86 per cent of… Read more »

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Combining protection network redundancy protocols

In my previous posts in this series, I wrote about protection network redundancy protocols, and delved into some details about PRP and HSR. When defining network communication architecture, it’s worth… Read more »

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