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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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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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The Central Power Grid as a Back-Up Power Source

The traditional utility business model faces great upheaval, as I discussed in a recent blog entry. Adoption of distributed generation—and distributed solar generation in particular—threatens to make a significant dent in utility revenues as more customers use onsite generation as their preferred source of electricity. Utilities are considering what role the central power system can, [...]

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How to Build a Resilient Power System? Start with Resilient Products

In the year since Hurricane Sandy, the electric power industry has focused on the need to build a power system that can withstand natural disasters like hurricanes. Much of this discussion has focused on how new technology can harden our power system. Distributed energy sources (including renewables), microgrids, and smart grid technology like self-healing systems [...]

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