City Promotes Economic Development with High-Reliability Electric Power

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The importance of reliable, high-quality electric power is increasingly being recognized by utility customers. It fosters economic development and enhances the attractiveness of a service area to “new technology” businesses.

For these reasons, the City of Danville, Virginia, sought a high-reliability distribution system to serve a new 330-acre high-technology Cyber Park anchored by the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research and the Regional Center for Applied Technology and Training. Danville had just started an aggressive economic development initiative and understood the advantages of promoting a unique set of utility services to differentiate the Cyber Park from other regional parks. Dependable switchgear would be needed, as well as engineering and installation support services. Danville Power & Light (DP&L) owned and operated by the City of Danville, serves approximately 42,000 customers in a 500-square-mile service territory covering portions of a three-county area. Continue reading

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Pad-Mounted Gear Inspection Program Helps Utility Manage Aging Assets

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Expanding upon an existing program to externally inspect the condition of their pad-mounted switchgear, a large investor-owned electric utility in the southeastern United States outsourced the comprehensive internal and external inspection of its entire installed base of 1,800 pad-mounted gear units to S&C. Performed with the gear energized, the objective of the inspection program was to develop a prioritized approach to maintenance, which would ultimately extend the life of the gear, reduce outages, and increase system reliability. Continue reading

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Introducing the Circuit-Isolator II Disconnect Switch

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S&C is pleased to announce the new Circuit-Isolator II Disconnect . . . for use in distribution substations and anywhere an isolating disconnect is required. It is available in voltage ratings of 69 through 138 kV, and continuous current ratings of 1200, 1600, and 2000 amperes. Continue reading

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S&C Introduces Advanced New Device for Overhead Line Protection

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S&C’s new IntelliRupter® PulseCloser significantly advances the science of fault testing on overhead lines. It was designed from the ground up to accommodate advanced feeder automation functions such as IntelliTeam II® Automatic Restoration System, as well as SCADA.

IntelliRupter incorporates revolutionary new PulseClosing™ Technology. To test for faults, PulseClosing applies a very fast, low-energy pulse to the line — significantly reducing damaging fault currents and voltage sags on the faulted line as well as adjacent feeders. Continue reading

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S&C TripSaver Dropout Recloser for Overhead Distribution Systems

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TripSaver Dropout Recloser S&C introduces TripSaver™ Dropout Recloser, a unique new product for protecting overhead lateral circuits. Used in lieu of fuse cutouts, it improves system reliability by eliminating the permanent outages caused when lateral fuses respond to temporary faults. This new device makes “fuse-saving” schemes a thing of the past.

This self-powered, electronically controlled vacuum recloser, offered in system voltage class ratings of 15.5 and 27 kV, is available for installation in new or existing cutout mountings. Continue reading

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PureWave UPS System Cuts Power Disturbances to New Surgical Suite

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A large Medical Center, in Aurora, Illinois, recently completed a $19 Million state-of-the-art addition. The 96,000-square-foot surgery wing includes an expanded surgical suite with 12 new operating rooms and 40 bays/rooms for recovery, holding, and ambulatory care. It also includes a new two-room endoscopy area, administrative and support space, sterile supply room, mechanical/electrical area, and family outpatient waiting lounge with coffee bar. Continue reading

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