Utilities

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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The Year Ahead in Enterprise APM

In 2016 we saw the Enterprise APM market continue to evolve. In a tough economic year, more and more organizations leveraged the IIoT to maximize their economic return on assets,… Read more »

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Utilities Squeeze Assets with Predictive Analytics

There are big changes in the utilities industry and they’re coming from all directions: government regulations at both a country and global level are altering how utilities do business, competition… Read more »

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Distribution Transformers Evolve to Meet Efficiency and Decarbonization Goals

Utilities are under immense pressure to enhance efficiency, cut emissions, and save money wherever they can — new, more efficient distribution transformers are one solution to this problem. That’s because… 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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Reduce Maintenance Costs with the IIoT and Predictive Asset Analytics

Industrial organizations across multiple sectors are under pressure from shareholders, regulators and customers to increase performance and reliability while keeping costs low. These conditions mean it’s more important than ever… Read more »

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Now trending in Europe: Utilities are discovering the benefits offered by demand response strategies

Following the example of the U.S. – the most mature market for demand response technologies – the utility industry in Europe is clearly on the verge of massive demand response… 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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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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Microgrids: Back in the Spotlight

Consider three trends: Recent extreme weather events that left thousands without electricity for days Willingness to reduce dependency on imported fossil fuels by switching to local renewable energies Desperately slow… 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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Smart Energy Generation Equals Flexible Generation

The rapid influx of renewable energy projects coming online implies pricing and dispatch patterns for the utility companies who are integrating them will be increasingly influenced by the variable nature… 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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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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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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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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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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Home Energy Management Systems Are Poised to Have an Outsized Affect on Energy Sustainability Efforts

The market for home energy management systems (HEMS) is poised for rapid growth over the next several years, the result of trends including the need for energy conservation and optimal… Read more »

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4 Best Practices for Utilities to Keep Customer Data Secure

Most utilities are protective of customer data and always have been. That’s a good thing because these days they have no choice. As utilities increasingly adopt smart technology – including… 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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Winterizing Your Energy Management Strategy

Mark Twain is often credited with the familiar quote, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” He might be right, but it doesn’t mean that’s the… 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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What is Smart Grid? Distributech wants to know.

The just concluded Consumer Electronics Show was a massive showcase of cool new ways to use electricity. It is unlikely the attendees and exhibitors thought of it that way, though… 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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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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