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48 Hours Without Power at Home

Today’s power grid is an absolutely amazing feat of engineering and the United States grid is about 99.9% reliable. But when that .1% happens, it costs power users billions. We’ve discussed Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s study on the economic impact of power outages before, which calculates estimated outage costs for electricity customers. Residential customers experience [...]

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Looking Beyond the Tried-and-True to Reduce Storm-Related Outages

The need to prepare for storms is nothing new for electric utilities. Yet today, with customers demanding better power reliability than ever, utilities across the country are under increasing pressure to better prepare their power systems and more quickly respond to severe weather. Utility readiness measures typically include tried-and-true approaches like tree-trimming programs to reduce [...]

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Solutions to Reduce the Shortest Power Outages

Momentary outages are expensive and inconvenient. As I discussed in a recent blog, momentary outages cost the U.S. billions of dollars every year. Today, there are new smart grid solutions that can limit the impact of these brief outages. Take self-healing grid technology. We’ve seen how it can make a huge impact in reducing sustained [...]

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April Showers . . . Bring Power Outages? Not Necessarily

You know the old adage, that April showers bring May flowers. But that’s not all spring weather brings. April showers can result in power outages when these showers are actually storms accompanied by high winds or flooding—or both. At the 2014 IEEE PES T&D Conference and Exposition this month, S&C was pleased to introduce a [...]

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The Next Frontier in Power Reliability

After a winter plagued by extremely cold temperatures and numerous storms, frustration about power outages is continuing to grow. We have indeed seen deteriorating power system reliability over the last two decades. At the same time, it seems that we have also grown less tolerant of outages. Major outages of the type that last for [...]

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DistribuTECH 2014 Highlights Essential Technologies for Modern Power Systems

At this year’s DistribuTECH event, energy storage took center stage as attendees talked about one of the biggest grid control challenges facing utilities today: distributed solar PV. Energy storage offers a promising solution to address the issues involved with integrating solar energy resources, as S&C’s Mike Edmonds discussed in a recent article for Smart Grid [...]

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