S&C Named Founding Sponsor of Energy Innovation for USGBC’s PEER Program

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PEER aims to transform the way power systems are designed and evaluated

CHICAGO, November 17, 2015 – S&C Electric Company, a smart grid leader shaping the future of power delivery, announced it is being recognized as the Founding Sponsor of Energy Innovation for Green Business Certification Inc.’s (GBCI) new Performance Excellence in Electricity Renewal™ (PEER) program. Modeled after LEED, PEER is the driving force behind the U.S. Green Building Council’s vision to transform the way power systems are designed, operated and evaluated.

Administered by GBCI, PEER enables stakeholders to dramatically improve power system performance. PEER is a comprehensive framework for defining, assessing and verifying the overall sustainable performance of electricity delivery system design and operations. The standards enable project teams to assess their current state, develop strategies for improvement, improve the business case and verify the value of system changes. Continue reading

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S&C to Build One of the Largest Energy Storage Systems in Ohio

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7-MW energy storage facility to improve power quality for local utility

CHICAGO, September 15, 2015 – S&C Electric Company, a global leader in energy storage integration, announced today it was awarded a new project by Half Moon Ventures (HMV) to supply and build a 7-MW energy storage facility. The project will be located in Minster, Ohio and is being built in conjunction with the local municipal utility, the Village of Minster. Once complete, the project will be one of the largest energy storage systems in Ohio.

HMV and the Village of Minster will benefit from four unique revenue streams, which will offset the costs of grid improvements while improving the rate of return. HMV will be able to sell into PJM’s frequency regulation market, which helps to provide grid reliability for more than 60 million customers. The Village of Minster will use the energy storage system to defer T&D costs, improve power quality and shave peak demand.
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IntelliRupter® Fault Interrupter Ethernet Port Provides Communication Flexibility

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A non-utility company in the central United States needed a better way to manage and access communications devices without having to hire a qualified contractor and bucket truck to reach devices installed high on the pole.

Read this new case study to learn how an S&C external Ethernet port option on the IntelliRupter® PulseCloser® Fault Interrupter is helping this company maintain communication devices by bringing them down the pole for easy access using an Ethernet cable.

Posted in Communication Systems, Corporate News, Distribution Automation, Grid Connectivity, Grid Optimization, Microgrids/Islanding, Self-Healing Grids Tagged

S&C Brings Smart Grid Technology to Rapidly Expanding Community College

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In recent years, Elgin Community College in northeastern Illinois has rapidly expanded to bring new academic facilities to campus. Despite adding the latest high-tech accommodations, the school continued to operate off an aging electrical-distribution system built in the 1960s. This resulted in power-reliability issues and load-capacity constraints.

Read this new case study to learn more about how S&C’s solution helped the customer update its aging electrical system with the latest smart grid technology designed to improve reliability and incorporate high-tech system functionality and control.

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S&C and Lodestar Team Up on Two More Solar-PV Projects

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New Projects Will Produce Enough Solar Energy to Power 300 Homes

CHICAGO, July 14, 2015 – S&C Electric Company, a global leader shaping the future of power delivery, and Lodestar Energy LLC, a leading developer of renewable energy projects focused on solar-photovoltaic (PV) technology, have reached agreements to build nearly 2 MW of additional solar PV plants in Massachusetts. The companies’ combined five solar projects are projected to bring nearly 12 MW of distributed energy resources to the commonwealth, enough solar energy to power roughly 2,000 homes.

Massachusetts has been among the most active states in solar PV, ranking fourth in the country in 2014 with 308.2 MW of solar-electricity capacity, enough to power 50,000 homes, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. S&C and Lodestar are helping Massachusetts reach its goal of 1.6 GW of solar energy by 2020 by constructing highly efficient solar plants, built on time and within tight budget constraints. Continue reading

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60-MVAR Reactive Compensation System Helps Connect One of the UK’s Largest Wind Farms

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EDF Energy Renewables, which operates Scotland’s 144 MW Fallago Rig wind farm, relied on S&C to design and build a 60-MVAR reactive compensation system using S&C’s PureWave® DSTATCOM Distributed Static Compensator.

Read this new case study to learn how S&C’s insightful research led to a unique solution for EDF Energy Renewables that resulted in one of the world’s largest reactive compensation systems for one of the United Kingdom’s largest wind farms.

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