Tag Archives | Electric Service Reliability

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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A Renewable Solution for India

It was around 98°F with 75% humidity in New Delhi when the massive power outages in late July occurred. That is pretty close to the temperature in a typical steam room, so you can imagine how miserable it was as over 600 million people were without electricity to run a fan or power an air [...]

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S&C’s Secret Smart Grid Ingredient: Software

I’ve been met by surprise on more than one occasion when I’ve mentioned that S&C develops and sells software. Yet software is an increasingly important part of S&C’s product portfolio. As S&C has added electronics to our switching and protection products, we’ve also integrated software that provides the logic for automated decision-making by grid-based devices. [...]

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Developing a Stronger Economy in Kenya with Smart Grid Solutions

A colleague and I participated in a seminar in Kenya last month, which was an interesting experience. It’s been 27 years since I was last in Kenya selling and it was noticeable that although many things remained the same, important elements have changed significantly. The most obvious change was the desire to keep up with [...]

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Seeing Results: Self-Healing Technology Reduces Power Outage Durations in Chattanooga

I’ve read with interest the news coverage of recent, extended power outages. Unsurprisingly, the long power outages have provoked not only frustration, but also questions about how communities can reduce or prevent these types of extended outages in the future. People across print and digital media are discussing possible approaches to minimize power outages. USA [...]

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