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Distribution Automation Is Paying Big Dividends

It was with great satisfaction to read the recent announcement from Florida Power & Light (FPL) that its smart grid investment is paying big dividends both for itself and its nearly 5 million customers. FPL says its development of a “stronger and smarter grid” led to an operational savings of more than $46 million last [...]

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3 Key Observations from DistribuTECH 2016

With thousands of distribution specialists and others attending the DistribuTECH 2016 Conference and Exhibition earlier this month, it wasn’t difficult to identify some common themes and observations. I quickly noted a key shift within the show that seemed out of sync with market demand. And as I chatted with folks visiting S&C’s booth, some expressed [...]

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Utilities Will Have Much to Tell About Their Grid-Performance Improvements—and Other Projections for 2016

EPB of Chattanooga, Tennessee, has an interesting story to tell. It has many, in fact. In July 2012, citing just one example, the Chattanooga region experienced one of its largest-ever storms, causing power outages to about 80,000 homes and businesses. EPB automatically restored power to 53 percent of those affected through the use of recently [...]

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For Utilities, Microgrids Provide Valuable ‘Security’ Zones

As we’ve reached mid-fall, weather has quickly been changing, creating a mix of strong winds, heavy rain, snow, sleet—even hurricanes and tornados. And with this instability, all of this varying weather has the potential to occur in the same region over the course of hours or days, creating particular difficulty for affected power utilities to [...]

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Energy Storage Is a Key Ingredient for All Microgrids

Recently I read where microgrids that generate half their power from solar supposedly don’t need energy storage. It might be true that they don’t need energy storage, but any microgrid developer that fails to include it in a photovoltaic (PV) project will miss out on a wide range of significant functional benefits that would help [...]

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The Power behind the ‘Smart City’

Set to take place Sept. 15 to 17 in Washington, D.C., Smart Cities Week is fast approaching. As I consider what defines a “Smart City,” it’s a little like our definition of a smart device. As you add computing power and communications to devices or systems within a city’s infrastructure, you can do more things [...]

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