Archive | 2012

Making the Holidays Merry . . . and Bright

With the holiday season in full swing, many people will take time off to celebrate with friends and families. However, critical infrastructure—including the electric power grid—will still be reporting for work. There’s no such thing as a holiday for the power grid. Communities depend on a reliable supply of power 365 days a year, 24 [...]

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Hardening Electric Power Infrastructure with Energy Storage

Making electrical infrastructure more resilient has become a major topic of discussion following Hurricane Sandy. Storms of the magnitude of this hurricane get the attention of businesses and consumers who otherwise may take power reliability for granted. One of the first questions that is often asked: Why not put all distribution lines underground like in [...]

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Selecting a Communication Systems Supplier: Why Smart Grid Expertise Matters

In an earlier blog, I outlined three steps that a utility should consider before scheduling that first meeting with communication suppliers: Determine who inside the company should be engaged in the process. Take an inventory of all communication assets that are owned, leased or shared. Determine the current and future applications/requirements. Once you have a [...]

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The Economical Solution for Electrification Is also the Green Solution

Those of us who can view this blog entry presumably have access to electricity to power or charge whatever device you’re currently using. However, many communities lack any access to electric power, let alone reliable access. The problem is particularly acute in Africa. Over 1 billion people live in Africa, yet only 3.1% of global [...]

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Reducing the (Physical) Footprint of Data Centers

Data center complexity is a growing issue, and it threatens to increase operating costs for these facilities. To counter these rising costs, it’s a priority to efficiently manage the complete footprint of a data center. Improved energy efficiency, for instance, can reduce both the carbon footprint and the cost of energy needed to operate data [...]

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Hurricane Sandy: How S&C is Helping with the Recovery

When Hurricane Sandy struck last week, it mercilessly affected millions of people, caused tremendous economic losses, and inflicted billions of dollars of damage on homes and infrastructure. The electric power grid took a particularly hard hit, leading to millions of power outages. As a supplier of essential equipment for electric power systems, S&C is usually [...]

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