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April Showers . . . Bring Power Outages? Not Necessarily

You know the old adage, that April showers bring May flowers. But that’s not all spring weather brings. April showers can result in power outages when these showers are actually storms accompanied by high winds or flooding—or both. At the 2014 IEEE PES T&D Conference and Exposition this month, S&C was pleased to introduce a [...]

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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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Power Industry Leadership in a Contradictory World

Recently, I spoke at Acumen 2014, an event that gathers utility industry leaders from across the UK to discuss smart technologies, regulation and energy for the future. In its third year, the event attracted 120 people that included senior leaders of every UK and Irish electrical utility along with senior engineering and regulatory managers who [...]

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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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Microgrids: Threat or Opportunity for Utilities?

Microgrids are not just mere hype. They are indeed gaining traction globally, as more electricity customers—particularly businesses that comprise a large percentage of utility revenues—look for new alternatives to reduce costs and increase reliability. In Germany—which is currently undergoing an expensive program to phase out nuclear electricity generation while also integrating more wind and solar [...]

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Storage Target Sighted

Unlike in the US, the UK is only now starting to reach a tipping point when it comes to energy storage. I was recently at the Electricity Storage Network’s Open Symposium and was amazed by the unified consensus from everyone present – from government officials to PhD students – that energy storage must play a [...]

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