Tag Archives | Electric Service Reliability

Want to Learn More about Microgrids? Take a Tour

S&C Electric Company recently unveiled one of North America’s most advanced microgrids at Oncor’s System Operating Services Facility near Lancaster, Texas. The electric transmission and distribution company has been kind enough to allow us to host tours of this premier facility, which also is home to Oncor’s Technology Demonstration and Education Center that S&C designed [...]

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Breaking the ‘ICE’ on Momentary-Outage Costs

Momentary outages, which have been on the rise, are causing frustration and increasing costs for today’s users of sensitive digital technology. Utilities have avoided taking a broad approach to reduce their momentary power outages, primarily because of the budgetary impact, as they traditionally have not been allowed to recover the costs associated with improving their [...]

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It’s Cold Outside –Thank the Smart Grid That’s Not the Case Inside

With the beginning of a New Year and winter weather taking hold in many northern regions globally, one might expect to see more and more power outages caused by heavy snow and ice storms. But while such outages may continue when unusually inclement weather strikes, the extent to which homes are affected has dropped considerably over [...]

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Three Ways Utilities are Using Energy Storage for T&D Deferral

Each year electric utilities spend billions of dollars upgrading and replacing transmission and distribution (T&D) equipment. Some of this investment is unavoidable, but often these expensive projects can be delayed for years by adding energy storage resources to the system, yielding significant savings. Utilities continue to find profitable ways to deploy energy storage systems across [...]

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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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Investing in Electricity Solutions of the Future

Last month, S&C officially announced its strategic partnership with The University of Strathclyde’s Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC), which was opened by Scotland’s First Minister on the 15th May. We’re very excited to be a part of this initiative—the PNDC is the first center of its kind in Europe, and provides a purpose-built platform for [...]

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