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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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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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Looking Beyond the Tried-and-True to Reduce Storm-Related Outages

The need to prepare for storms is nothing new for electric utilities. Yet today, with customers demanding better power reliability than ever, utilities across the country are under increasing pressure to better prepare their power systems and more quickly respond to severe weather. Utility readiness measures typically include tried-and-true approaches like tree-trimming programs to reduce […]

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