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Ethernet Cable Selection for Utilities

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Electric utilities are constantly searching for the most efficient, reliable and cost-effective methods to deliver electricity to customers. A vision for accomplishing this is the migration of the electrical grid from a reliable, but inflexible system to the Smart Grid, which promises adaptability and efficiency. Read more

Substation Technologies

Protecting Substations Against Animal Invaders

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A closer look at animal-caused outages at substations

BY BILL REICHARD, TransGard Systems

Every year, squirrels, raccoons, snakes, and other climbing animals cause substation outages across North America. According to a 2010 University of Minnesota study, the resulting estimated cost to electric utilities is between $15 million and $18 million per year. However, when commercial entities and consumer frustration are taken into consideration, the overall cost of these outages to electric utilities can cost the U.S. economy between $80 billion and $188 billion per year. Read more

Substation Technologies

Future-proofing Substations with Ethernet Technologies

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Nine steps to help develop a future-proof infrastructure for your substation

BY TIM WALLAERT, Belden

Substations with Ethernet technologies: the convergence of industrial Ethernet technologies, Smart Grid practices and the increased need for security has provided an opportunity for power utilities to rethink their operating strategies. The results are innovative ways to integrate the new and the old in order to position themselves for the future. The substation is at the heart of this change. Whether building a new high-voltage substation or undergoing an upgrade, you will benefit from these nine steps to help develop a future-proof infrastructure for your substation. Read more

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