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Increasing Efficiency with Volt/VAR Technologies

This piece was originally published in the April 2017 issue of electroindustry. Steve Griffith, PMP, Industry Director, NEMA The world consumes an enormous amount of electricity, some of which is lost on its way from where it is generated (e.g., power plants and wind farms) to where it is used (e.g., homes and businesses). The United States Energy Information Administration (EIA),…

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Implementing Volt/VAR Technologies

This is the second of two education modules on volt/VAR technologies. Read the first here. Market Drivers Despite their ability to significantly improve power quality and lower line losses and reduce peak demand compared to traditional methods, VVO systems have not been widely deployed in the U.S. because traditional utility fee structures fail to provide revenue recovery or ROI to pay…

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The Value of Volt/VAR Technologies

This is the first of two education modules on volt/VAR technologies. Read the second here. The world consumes an enormous amount of electricity, some of which is lost on its way from where it is generated (e.g., power plants and wind farms) to where it is used (e.g., homes and businesses). The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates that, every year in the…

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Distribution Automation: Reducing Energy Losses and Improving Reliability

This piece was originally published in the April 2017 issue of electroindustry. Bill Flerchinger, Technical Marketing Manager, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. More and more utilities want to take advantage of technology such as microprocessor-based controls and computing platforms, revolutionary communication technologies, sensor technologies, advanced algorithms, and advanced coordination of devices for holistic system optimization. To do this, the name of the…

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NEMA Section Takes Lead in Energy Storage

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Steve Griffith, PMP, Industry Director, NEMA The application and use of energy storage systems (ESSs) has grown dramatically in grid-scale and building-based systems. These systems are capable of doing much more beyond storing power when there is less demand and helping smooth out supply-and-demand challenges. As a case in point, entities…

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Clean Power Plan Presents Challenges and Opportunities to De-carbonize the Grid

This piece was originally published in the March 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Rodney Durban, Director, Clean Air Initiative, ABB Inc. At NEMA’s founding 90 years ago, NEMA members could not have envisioned many of the thorny issues that occupy so much of our attention in 2016. Indeed, climate change to a 1920s audience might have sounded straight…

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