Utilities

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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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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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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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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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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Achieve Operational Excellence with Enterprise Asset Performance Management

Organizations today are focused on improving efficiency throughout every area of the business. From an asset management perspective, they’re leveraging the Industrial Internet of Things and analytics to keep equipment… 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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Making the IT/OT-integrated distribution grid happen

We’ve talked about how the convergence of Operations Technology (OT), the physical grid infrastructure assets and applications, and Information Technology (IT), the human interface that enables rapid and informed decision… 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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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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3 things utilities should look for when choosing an AMI services provider

Every electric utility understands the importance of smart meters and advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) in realizing Smart Grid objectives. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 533 electric utilities in… Read more »

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How the Internet of Things will affect electrical distribution

A company like Schneider Electric has been involved with electrical distribution from the start. While that heritage is rich, the future is far more exciting. Looking at companies that have… 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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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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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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New, smaller voltage transformers to become fixtures on the Smart Grid

As efforts to make the low-carbon economy a reality gather pace, the smart grid has ushered in great new opportunities for energy efficiency. Crucial to energy efficiency on the demand-driven,… Read more »

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Renewable energy is risk averse – Just like you (and the NFL, Texas, and others you wouldn’t expect)

Maybe you chose a garden gnome in your yard to guard the spare house key. Or maybe you have it in a petunia planter, or under that nondescript rock. Keeping… Read more »

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Demand management: Strategies for building engagement with customers

To many utility customers, suggesting a demand management or energy efficiency program will generate a scenario along these lines: “I come home after a hard day. It’s 97º outside and… Read more »

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