Utilities

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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Leverage IIoT to Predict Asset Failure and Reduce Cost

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

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Improve reliability by modernizing switchgear in low and medium voltage networks

Do you have a strategy for modernizing or replacing your aging Low Voltage and Medium Voltage electrical switchgear? A reliable, safe, easily maintainable power network is more crucial than ever… Read more »

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New Zealand Utility Finds a Prefab, Modular Data Center is Just the Fix for its Data Center Expansion

Prefabricated, modular data centers are landing Down Under. The New Zealand-based utility company Northpower launched a portable, prefabricated modular data center – specifically a Schneider Electric SmartShelter modular data center…. Read more »

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Improve Your Electrical Distribution Maintenance Strategy

Electrical distribution equipment maintenance is crucial to safe, cost-effective operations. There are five major benefits to properly maintaining equipment: Protect personnel, assets, and your business Maximize uptime through preventive maintenance… 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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Empower Mobile Workforce to be Active Participants in Real-Time Operations

Technology, enabled by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), is empowering organizations to shift to a holistic and operations-centric view where proactive and predictive maintenance (PdM) enables front line personnel… Read more »

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Safety Certification is Key to Nuclear Power Expansion

Despite high-profile accidents, that remain fresh in the minds of people all over the world, the advantages of nuclear power are hard to ignore. It’s efficient. It’s reliable. Plants require… Read more »

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Dream Big: The future of reliability for utilities

Reliability is at the forefront of utilities’ concerns, and rightly so. People expect power to flow 24/7 and any interruption is disruptive for customers and costly for utilities in terms… Read more »

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3 Key Elements That Will Help Governments Achieve Clean Energy Targets

It is projected that total grid transmission and distribution investment in the US will need to reach $900 billion by 2030 to meet forecast electricity demand. In Europe, some €400… 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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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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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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When developing a Smart Grid roadmap, take the golden road

In a previous post, I mentioned that utilities need a “roadmap to success” for meeting the challenges of a Smart Grid transformation. Making this change is daunting, but strategic planning… 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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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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How Smart Grids Will Reach Their Potential: An Interview – Part 1

Smart grids are the future for utilities. Their many benefits include improving reliability and efficiency, increasing flexibility, and allowing utilities to better integrate renewable resources. In this interview with Edifícios… Read more »

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Trends in Utilities Part 1: Internet of Thing (IOT) is coming…Are you ready for it?

The Consumer Electronic Show (CES) took place early in January and there is a lot of buzz about Home Automation. Being a long-time bit of a geek myself in this… 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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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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Technology pushes solar one step forward; Utilities pull it one step back

If you’ve seen one trade show, you’ve seen them all. They all have the dull roar of a hundred simultaneous conversations and the drifting smell of $8 hot dogs. Last… 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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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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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 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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What will Medium Voltage switchgear look like in the future?

The electrical industry is without doubt one of the most conservative in terms of updating technology, including medium voltage (MV) and high voltage (HV) switchgear. Why is that? For one… Read more »

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Microgrids: Are They Mainstream Yet?

The U.S. microgrid market is expected to grow five-fold from about $8 billion in 2013 to $40 billion in 2020. To me, that indicates an immediate need, as well as… Read more »

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Weather Data: A Powerful Tool for Consumer and Utilities Alike

It’s not difficult to get weather reports these days, with any number of smart phone apps putting the information at your fingertips. So, at first glance, it may not seem… Read more »

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How Residential Demand-Side Management is Helping Electric Utilities Cope with Seismic Industry Changes

There is no doubt that the electric utility industry is dealing with changes that were unanticipated even a few years ago. Stop for a moment and consider how much the… Read more »

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