Vertical Circuit-Switcher Helps Brazilian Substation in a Tight Fix

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A growing São Sebastião do Passé unit of a large Brazilian oil and gas company required new switching equipment and transformer protection at its three 69-kV substations, which it uses to energize oil-extraction equipment and to support the sites’ offices. However, it had a tight space in which to install the new equipment, plus a limited budget.

Read this new case study to learn how S&C custom-designed a vertical circuit-switcher that fit the company’s tight space constraints, and how other commercial and industrial customers with similar substation issues are benefiting from the experience.

Posted in Corporate News, Substation Tagged

S&C Ties a 20-MW Solar PV Project to the Grid

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A solar energy services provider recently sought to develop a 20-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Southern California and connect it to the grid. However, connecting the project required satisfying two power purchase agreements with separate interconnecting utilities and all the requirements of the California ISO.

Read this new case study to learn how S&C was able to accomplish these tasks while providing the engineering, procurement, and construction support for the solar-generation plant’s collection-point substation and local-utility interconnection point.

Posted in Commercial/Industrial, Electric Utilities, Grid Connectivity, Grid Optimization, Renewable Energy, Smart Grid, Solar Energy, Substation, Transmission

FPL’s ongoing high demand for smart grid technology brings S&C Electric Company manufacturing site to Florida; Governor Rick Scott attends facility opening

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The addition of new automated devices is yet one more example of FPL’s commitment to building the nation’s strongest, smartest and most advanced electric grid

JUNO BEACH, Fla. – Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) today joined Chicago-based S&C Electric Company (S&C) at the opening of S&C’s West Palm Beach manufacturing facility – a site that will turn out thousands of smart grid devices aimed at improving service for FPL’s 4.8 million customers.

“We’re committed to continuing to build a stronger, smarter grid to provide electricity our customers can count on in good weather and bad,” said Eric Silagy, president and CEO of FPL. “Part of the commitment of having the most modern grid in America includes building relationships with innovative companies like S&C, with the goal of delivering state-of-the-art technology for the benefit of our customers, all the while keeping the cost they pay for their electricity the lowest in Florida and 30 percent below the national average.” Continue reading

Posted in Automatic Restoration, Corporate News, Overhead Distribution, Self-Healing Grids, Smart Grid

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.

Posted in Automatic Restoration, Electric Utilities, Grid Optimization, Microgrids/Islanding, Self-Healing Grids, Smart Cities, Smart Grid Tagged , , , , ,

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

Posted in Corporate News, Distribution Automation, Energy Storage, Microgrids/Islanding, Power Quality, Self-Healing Grids