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At left, James Heappey, the British Member of Parliament for Wells and member of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee.

S&C Hosts UK Policymakers Seeking to Learn about Electrical Networks, Energy Storage

Two European policymakers visited S&C Electric Company’s Chicago headquarters recently to gauge from our expertise what the structure of electrical networks should look like. Their common concern was over whether the way their markets are constructed is adequate to achieve their governments’ energy ambitions. Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales, home of S&C’s Europe, Middle […]

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Improving Reliability Through Greater Feeder Segmentation

Some utilities have begun looking to increase feeder segmentation with advanced communications-based coordination, which would enable them to go beyond the limitations of conventional coordination techniques for traditional reclosers or circuit breakers. Today, feeder restoration commonly uses a loop scheme, where two sources with a number of sectionalizing devices, typically reclosers, are on a feeder […]

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Lessons Learned from Our Fire in Franklin

It has been one month since S&C experienced a fire in the assembly area of its Franklin, Wisconsin, facility. Let me start with the most important fact about this fire: no S&C team members were injured. I also want to thank the local fire and police departments who responded to the fire. Their fast response […]

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PEER: Achieving Smart Cities, Utilities, and Campuses

Electric utilities nationwide are facing some very serious challenges—growing electricity demands, rising operational costs, and concern over unpredictable weather. A strong electrical infrastructure is the first step toward achieving a modernized grid, and a standard to build toward can help measure that progress. To fill that gap, Green Business Certification Inc. administers the Performance Excellence […]

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A Long-Term Look at Wind Versus Solar

There’s seemingly been so much buzz in the trade media about new large solar projects that the continued construction of large wind plants almost goes unnoticed, even though it continues to happen. MidAmerican Energy Co., for example, in June announced a conditional agreement with Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems A/S to provide 1,000 wind turbines for […]

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When Solar+Energy Storage Makes Dollars and Sense

S&C generated media attention recently for its completion of one of Ohio’s largest energy-storage projects, in Minster, Ohio. I’d like to explain why this project is so important. It would be simple to cite the fact that, for the first time, a municipal utility combined solar power with energy storage. That’s noteworthy, but the real […]

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The UK’s Move for Smarter Grid Investment

As I explained in an earlier blog item, the UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets, or Ofgem, created RIIO to encourage distribution network operators to return money to customers by making the right business decisions and to facilitate the transition to a low-carbon economy. However, RIIO, which stands for Revenue=Incentives+Innovation+Outputs, also serves as a […]

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