USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that rural electric cooperatives and small municipal utilities in 15 states will be able to receive loan guarantees to improve generation and transmission facilities, including $10 million for smart grid implementations. These investments will help rural America renew and modernize power grid infrastructure serving America’s smaller communities. Another approach [...]
About Gary WetzelGary Wetzel is the Director of Commercial & Industrial Business Development for S&C Electric Company. He has over 35 years of experience in the electrical industry working with all markets including projects for utilities, major industrial, government, universities, data centers, hospitals and commercial customers. He has lead projects for energy storage, UPS systems, medium voltage distribution systems and power quality correction for low and medium voltage systems. He has experience applying solutions involving low and medium voltage transformers, low and medium voltage switchgear, small and medium power transfomers; overhead and underground switching and protection. In his current position he has responsibility for application of S&C products and services across government, institutional, industrial and commercial markets in the United States. Mr. Wetzel is a member of IEEE and has co-authored papers on arc-resistant switchgear and presented IEEE papers and tutorials on distribution switchgear, arc-resistant switchgear and power quality.
In 2011, the U.S. Army spent five billion dollars on renewable energies. But why does the Army care so much about renewable energy? The answer is simple: lives and public funds are at stake. In wartime, soldiers risk their lives protecting the convoys that deliver fossil fuels to the frontlines. The Army Environment Policy Institute [...]
Just under 10 years ago, I started hearing people mention the term “Smart Grid.” It mostly revolved around people talking about the installation and adoption of automated metering infrastructure and renewables. Over the years friends and colleagues would ask me, “Why do I keep hearing about the Smart Grid?,” and I would tell them about [...]