The rolling blackouts that occurred throughout California in 2002 had a devastating effect on businesses that rely on uninterrupted power. One such firm, located in northern California, is a world leader in storage area networks. Because data reliability is critical to their operation, this company performs long-term system tests that require continuous high-quality power for periods of up to several months. Power interruptions of even a few cycles require that the tests be repeated.
To eliminate such costly interruptions, the company began looking for a power protection system. They turned to S&C Electric Company and S&C’s power quality partner, Computer/Air Power Systems, for a solution. Continue reading
A metal recycler in Phoenix, AZ, is installing an S&C Electric Company PureWave AVC® Adaptive VAR Compensator to eliminate voltage flicker resulting from the very large current surges caused by their car shredding operation. The recycler plans to add a new 6,000-HP shredder to their operation and has been working with the local utility to solve the voltage flicker problem and reduce the possibility of power factor penalties. The utility approved S&C’s PureWave AVC to provide the necessary reactive power compensation. Continue reading
“Let The Buyer Be Aware” is the title of the keynote address S&C President and CEO John Estey presented at the 9th Annual Utility Supply Management Alliance Educational Conference on May 25, 2004 in Austin, Texas. Having been asked to provide a supplier’s view on electric utilities, he did so from the perspective of the transmission and distribution segments of the business. Continue reading
When the resort town of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, decided to widen their main boulevard from two to four lanes, local businesses pushed to have the electrical distribution system placed underground. Local politicians were supportive of the idea since aesthetics of the downtown area would be vastly improved. Continue reading
Compact S&C Vista Underground Distribution Switchgear was the key to a successful switchgear retrofit project at a southern U.S. hospital. A flashover in a bay of their existing metal-enclosed switchgear lineup forced the hospital to operate on emergency generators for almost two days. The event convinced the administration of the need to replace the 25-year-old gear, which was located in the basement of their central plant. Space limitations were a problem, though. The cramped area would necessitate removal of the old equipment before new gear could be installed. But the hospital could not afford to run on emergency generation for the time it would take to complete the project. Continue reading