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A Simple ‘Pulse’ Technique to Improve Grid Reliability

In a previous blog item, I discussed the benefits newer technologies are affording to expand feeder segmentation through enhanced communication systems and coordination. However, it is not always possible to deploy the communication infrastructure to support this advanced type of device-to-device coordination because of the speed requirements necessary. It’s particularly problematic, for example, for customers […]

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Improving Reliability Through Greater Feeder Segmentation

Some utilities have begun looking to increase feeder segmentation with advanced communications-based coordination, which would enable them to go beyond the limitations of conventional coordination techniques for traditional reclosers or circuit breakers. Today, feeder restoration commonly uses a loop scheme, where two sources with a number of sectionalizing devices, typically reclosers, are on a feeder […]

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A Long-Term Look at Wind Versus Solar

There’s seemingly been so much buzz in the trade media about new large solar projects that the continued construction of large wind plants almost goes unnoticed, even though it continues to happen. MidAmerican Energy Co., for example, in June announced a conditional agreement with Denmark’s Vestas Wind Systems A/S to provide 1,000 wind turbines for […]

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When Solar+Energy Storage Makes Dollars and Sense

S&C generated media attention recently for its completion of one of Ohio’s largest energy-storage projects, in Minster, Ohio. I’d like to explain why this project is so important. It would be simple to cite the fact that, for the first time, a municipal utility combined solar power with energy storage. That’s noteworthy, but the real […]

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Want to Learn More about Microgrids? Take a Tour

S&C Electric Company recently unveiled one of North America’s most advanced microgrids at Oncor’s System Operating Services Facility near Lancaster, Texas. The electric transmission and distribution company has been kind enough to allow us to host tours of this premier facility, which also is home to Oncor’s Technology Demonstration and Education Center that S&C designed […]

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Breaking the ‘ICE’ on Momentary-Outage Costs

Momentary outages, which have been on the rise, are causing frustration and increasing costs for today’s users of sensitive digital technology. Utilities have avoided taking a broad approach to reduce their momentary power outages, primarily because of the budgetary impact, as they traditionally have not been allowed to recover the costs associated with improving their […]

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