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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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Snowy Roads? Self-Healing Power Systems Reduce the Impact on Power Restoration

Inclement weather frequently leads to slower travel times as road conditions deteriorate. These road conditions can slow down more than drivers, however. Poor road conditions can also slow power restoration times if an extended outage occurs. It takes longer for utility crews to reach the site of an outage if roads are difficult to travel [...]

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How to Get Consumers to Care About the Smart Grid

The topic is well-worn in the smart grid industry. It’s often described with titles like “consumer engagement” and “consumer participation.” Fundamentally, it boils down to this: how can we get consumers to care about creating and participating in a smart grid? The question has a significant bearing on how, and even whether, we can complete [...]

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Preparing for Weather-Related Outages When You Can’t Predict the Weather

This week, Forbes reported that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration‘s (NOAA) National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System is nearing the end of its lifespan—and when the system is decommissioned, NOAA will lose access to critical weather data for at least a year and a half. The gaps could begin as early as 2014 and [...]

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10 Years Later, Power Outages Still Cost U.S. Billions Each Year

The Northeast power outage on August 14, 2003—which left 50 million people in the dark—brought new focus to the costs associated with power outages. The power outage affected major U.S. population centers and cost an estimated $6 billion. Industry and government officials spent much time investigating and implementing changes to help prevent similar power outages [...]

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