In my previous post I talked about how copper theft impacts projects in the electric industry. It’s easy to talk about the problems, but how can this type of theft be prevented? Here are the pros and cons of six different solutions that can reduce the risk of copper theft: Control Access. Thieves look for easy [...]
About Wanda RederWanda Reder is Vice President of Power Systems Services at S&C Electric Company as well as the global architect for S&C’s global service operations. She has over 27 years of expertise in the electric utility industry and is a past president of the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES). Wanda has served on the IEEE/PES governing board since 2002 and is also the chairperson of IEEE Smart Grid. She is a member of United States Secretary of Energy Steven Chu’s Electricity Advisory Committee. Wanda has authored numerous articles for industry publications and regularly participates in important industry events in order to share her experience, stay up-to-date with current trends, and educate power system professionals.
It’s 4 a.m. on a Monday morning and you are driving to your job site to continue construction on a new substation. You arrive as the sun is rising only to find that the fence to your material storage area is cut and your copper wire is gone. Sound familiar? It should, as this is [...]
Engineering, Procure, and Construct (EPC) is a delivery method that is gaining momentum in both the public and private sectors of the power industry because of its potential cost savings. Sometimes referred to as design-build, the concept behind the EPC delivery method is for the owner to have a single source of responsibility for the [...]
When faced with the costs associated with maintaining assets, it is easy to overlook the critical value this service brings to the bottom line and invest elsewhere in your grid. Asset management is a proactive process involving the management, monitoring and maintenance of equipment. It is critical to the continued performance and function of complex [...]
From the day an asset is installed until the day it is removed from service, there is both a demand and a belief by some that the asset is nearly always in an “under maintained” state and more maintenance is required. While on the surface, this may appear to be true, Asset Managers have the [...]