S&C’s ‘2014 Sustainability Report’

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Being “green” has long been a core mission at S&C. Last year, it continued to make progress toward its commitment to become a landfill-free company through recycling and other efforts, to dramatically cut the use of volatile organic compounds, and to eliminate use of hazardous air pollutants. And, despite facility expansion, S&C kept growth in its use of natural gas, water, and electricity in check—in some cases even reducing use.

S&C’s “2014 Sustainability Report” is now available online. It includes discussions and data related to the company’s efforts during the year to create a cleaner and safer environment not just for its employees, but for the community and planet as a whole.

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Municipal Utility’s Grid Reliability Improves by 50% with S&C Self-Healing Technology

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EPB of Chattanooga, Tennessee, wanted to modernize by creating a self-healing smart grid. The municipal utility’s goal was to provide better service to its business and consumer customers by ensuring dramatically improved power reliability.

Read this new case study to learn how S&C’s sophisticated automation software and fault interrupters are helping EPB prevent outages and restore power quickly when they do occur, and how much the utility expects to save its customers each year as a result.

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S&C Electric Company Named to Greentech Media’s Grid Edge 20

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CHICAGO, April 23, 2015 – S&C Electric Company, a smart grid leader shaping the futureGrid-Edge-20-Badge of power delivery, was named to Greentech Media’s Grid Edge 20 today as one of the twenty most innovative firms working to architect the electric power industry’s future. Awardees were selected based on their contribution to grid edge technology transformation, increasingly critical at a time when utility business models are facing change and more distributed energy resources are coming online.

“S&C has been committed to helping our customers keep the lights on for more than a hundred years, and our recognition as one of the Grid Edge 20 reflects that commitment,” said Tim Qualheim, Vice President of Strategic Solutions at S&C Electric Company. “This year that has meant preventing sustained and momentary outages in Florida, building microgrids in Texas, integrating the largest battery energy storage system in Europe, and improving power reliability in Australia. S&C has always been differentiated by our employee ownership, commitment to customers and world class team members, and we will continue to focus these strengths to invent, build, and integrate new solutions that have a lasting effect on the grid.” Continue reading

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S&C, Schneider Electric and Oncor Complete Innovative Microgrid

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CHICAGO, April 7, 2015 — S&C Electric Company, a smart grid leader shaping the future of power delivery, and Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, have announced the unveiling of one of the most advanced microgrids in North America for Oncor, an electric transmission and distribution company serving 10 million customers across Texas. The microgrid is engineered to maximize newly installed energy storage, renewable generation and improve reliability. S&C teamed with Schneider Electric to combine new hardware and software technologies for the state-of-the-art facility, which includes an integrated demonstration center for Oncor to showcase the microgrid’s advanced capabilities and customer benefits.

To watch a video and learn more about Oncor’s microgrid, please click here.

S&C and Schneider Electric built the microgrid at Oncor’s System Operating Services Facility (SOSF) near Lancaster, Texas. The innovative system consists of four interconnected microgrids and utilizes nine different distributed generation sources, including two solar photovoltaic arrays, a microturbine, two energy storage units and four generators. To turn these diverse generation assets into a microgrid, S&C and Schneider Electric developed a distribution automation scheme that leverages multiple intelligent grid solutions from both companies—enabling the four microgrids to effectively operate independently or as one larger microgrid. Continue reading

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S&C Helping Water Utility Protect Its Substation Assets and Prevent Costly System Outages

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A regional water utility recently averted a substation main power transformer situation that potentially could have left up to 1.6 million residents without water in a hot climate. After resolving the issue, the water utility sought assistance from S&C for monitoring and maintaining its critical substation assets.

Read this new case study to learn more about how S&C’s asset management solution is helping the regional water utility prevent costly unplanned system outages, extend equipment life, and provide a more reliable water supply for its local residents.

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S&C’s Self-Healing System Cuts Data Center’s Distribution Costs by up to 45%

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Digital Realty was in need of a partner familiar with medium-voltage data center systems to help provide power resiliency. The Richardson, Texas-based company asked S&C Electric Company to deploy a self-healing distribution system.

Read this new case study to learn how S&C was able to complete the project on time and on budget, and how Digital Realty subsequently is saving up to 45% over alternative equivalent metal-clad breaker gear.

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