Tag Archives | Power reliability

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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Trying to Solve Power System Challenges? See New Solutions at the IEEE PES T&D Show

The power system faces major challenges today. Extreme weather is one issue, as many of parts of the U.S. have seen this winter. From frigid temperatures that caused spikes in peak demand, to snowstorms that caused power outages, to a historic drought in the West, power systems have taken a beating this year. New technologies [...]

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Making Renewables Convenient for Consumers

Recently, I was interested to see a survey showing that consumers value clean energy above reliability. Though I firmly believe that clean energy will play an essential role in our energy future, I worry that such survey results confuse the issue on how consumers value reliability. There may be some consumers who do not want [...]

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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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A Healthier Grid for the New Year

It’s the beginning of a new year, when many of us assess the last year and what changes we should make in the coming months. Many of us adopt resolutions to be healthier—to eat better or exercise more. This year, I’d like to see a healthier power system—and there’s a simple way to get started. [...]

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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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