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Transformer Monitoring & Protection

Utilities Bank on IoT for Network Reliability Improvement to Decrease Lost Revenue

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Power grids around the world are getting smarter thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT). While Smart Grid technologies are making the headlines, and poised to grow to more than $118 billion by 2019, according to November 2015 research from analyst firm Transparency Market Research—many utilities just aren’t ready to make the jump to full Smart Grid capabilities. In many cases, it’s the smaller improvements and IoT implementations in addition to larger-scale Smart Grid deployments

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Transformer Monitoring & Protection

Using Transformer Monitoring Via the IoT to Combat Electricity Theft

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According to the annual Emerging Markets Smart Grid: Outlook 2015 study by the Northeast Group, LLC, the world loses US$89.3 billion annually to electricity theft, with the top 50 emerging market countries losing $58.7 billion annually compared with $30.6bn in the rest of the world, including the largest industrialized economies.

In one of the more widely publicized cases recently, B.C. Hydro in Canada estimates that it was losing about 850 gigawatt hours per year due to electricity theft, that equates to more than $500 million in electricity, according to the company’s website.

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Transformer Monitoring & Protection

Distribution Transformer Loss Costs

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A car owner must make some important decisions when purchasing a new vehicle—particularly if he or she has not bought one in decades. The features of the hundreds of 2015 models available can seem overwhelming. The budget-conscious owner, considering factors such as fuel efficiency, miles/kilometers driven, and gas prices, soon learns that low price does not mean low cost. Read more

Transformer Monitoring & Protection

Prevent Transformer Shutdown

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Power transformers seldom shutdown; however, if a shutdown occurs, the effects would be immediate and devastating to utility operations. According to “An Analysis of Transformer Failures” by William H. Bartley, P.E., on behalf of the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, the average age at the time of failure ranged from only 9.4 to 14.9 years. This revelation is enough to prompt utilities to take a second look at their policies and practices when dealing with transformer failures. This article provides five suggestions that can help point utilities in the right direction. Read more

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