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2019 Archive

  • November 2019
    FEATURE: With the help of ABB’s SVC Light STATCOM technology, AVANGRID was able to deliver more voltage stability, reducing the risk of power interruptions for the Coopers Mill substation near Windsor, Maine. This is part of AVANGRID’s multi-billion-dollar effort to make its electrical grid servicing in New York, Maine and other parts of New England safer, more reliable, and more storm resilient. See how they did it using ABB’s FACTS technology.  >> Read more

  • October 2019
    FEATURE: Check out an interactive guide to learn about the issues stakeholders must address to advance renewable integration. Learn about the complexities involved with advancing renewables, ask questions, download white papers, watch videos and check out links to valuable resources such as research and case studies that illustrate real-live examples and viable solutions. >> Read more

  • September 2019
    FEATURE: It has often been said that nothing can make or break a utility like a storm. In light of the recent aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, which has raised awareness about what is working and not working with our power equipment, we would like to share three important ways to improve grid resiliency in the face of increasingly extreme storms and to prevent against future damage.  >> Read more

  • August 2019
    FEATURE: American Wind Week is this week, August 11 through August 17 where we all join together to celebrate America’s #1 source of renewable energy capacity. Each year in August, elected officials will visit wind farms and factories across the country to show their support. You can get involved by sharing on social media, requesting a proclamation from your mayor or governor, or attending a live event! Here at ABB, we are sharing our best content with you! Take advantage of the below resources and join the conversation!   >> Read more

  • July 2019 
    FEATURE Many of us have experienced the consequences of poor power quality. These might be as simple as a washing machine or dishwasher malfunction, or a flicker on the computer screen in the office. Or they may cause a deeper impact like equipment breakdown at an industrial plant, potentially resulting in considerable losses, damages and penalties. Download this brochure to see how you can improve your power quality for a stronger, smarter and greener grid. >> Read more

  • June 2019
    FEATURE: Featured in the June issue of Fortnightly Magazine, Doug McMahon (New York Power Authority), Matt Ketschke (Con Edison), Anders Sjoelin and Bob Stojanovic from ABB discuss the future of electric vehicles (EVs) at the New York International Auto Show in New York City. >> Read more

  • May 2019
    FEATURE: Whether you work for a utility or provide products or services to the utility industry, you probably have a lot of questions about the challenges, trends, and technologies that will impact the digital grid of the future. We’ve listened to your questions and consolidated in our recent blog specifically addressing the growth of renewables and the digitalization of distribution grid operations.  >> Read more

  • April 2019
    FEATURE:With a tremendous growth of electrification of transportation and regulatory regulations to achieve 100% renewable power generation, comes a need for utility companies to address the changes in the energy industry and take advantage of opportunities. With trends in the energy industry such as decarbonization, decentralization, the decrease in battery prices, and fossil fuel volatility, e-mobility is seeing tremendous growth worldwide. Download this white paper to see how utilities can take advantage of the opportunities to reinvent themselves and create new business and revenue models!    >> Read more

  • March 2019
    FEATURE: The electric grid must be, above all else, reliable. That’s why the integration of renewable generation is perceived to be a transformative opportunity, but also a formidable threat. We are on the brink of adopting renewable energy at a scale never seen before. To allow renewable power to meet its potential and continue its rapid development, download this white paper to learn how to start long-term planning, investing at the right junctures, and managing smart grids at scale.  >> Read more

  • February 2019
    FEATURE: ABB Customer World (ACW) addresses the most pressing issues you face, from the rapid growth of the industrial internet of things (IIoT) to meeting the demand of distributed energy resources and digitalization. This premiere event provides an unparalleled opportunity to connect with your peers, business leaders and technical experts to support your journey toward an increasingly digital future. Register for FREE to join us in Houston, Texas this March 4-7, 2019!  >> Read more

  • January 2019
    FEATURE: The power industry is undergoing its greatest transformation since its inception, and much of the change is being driven by distributed energy resources (DERs). These are generation and storage resources (e.g., solar, batteries) connected to the grid at the distribution level “downstream” from the utility substation. While DER deployments still account for only a tiny fraction of installed generation capacity, they are growing rapidly and their potential—for better and worse—is undeniable.  >> Read more

  • 2018 Archive

  • December 2018
    FEATURE: With demands on the grid rising, the demand for HVDC is growing as a means to boost both power levels and stability. Because new lines are not always feasible, ABB Review explores the conversion of existing AC lines. Learn more by reading our latest edition of the ABB Review on Autonomous Collaboration.  >> Read more

  • November 2018
    FEATURE: Tomorrow’s grid must carry more power over greater distances and provide more reliability for that electricity. One of the most exciting solutions to this issue is the movement toward a power grid that includes a high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) transmission grid overlaid on the HVAC transmission system. Some have called it a super grid or a mega grid while others refer to it as a hybrid HVAC-HVDC grid, but mega grid fits this discussion more appropriately.  >> Read more

  • October 2018
    FEATURE:  Utilities are increasingly building new substations in busy central districts to provide power to the additional electrical load density associated with development. This means size, noise and visual appeal are key factors in design. Big-city substation designs also need to provide system protection and reliability, just like their suburban and rural counterparts. Find out how Seattle City Light was able to overcome these tough challenges. >> Read more

  • September 2018
    FEATURE:  A number of utilities around the country and internationally might argue that the “gold standard” in the electric distribution world is an advanced distribution management system (ADMS). They installed customized systems in response to unsatisfactory system performance during a major disturbance or growing system complexity that demanded faster or more finely tuned system control. Is it possible that someday ADMS will become mandatory for utilities? >> Read more

  • August 2018
    FEATURE: Electricity runs the world. Without it, quality of life is reduced, the wheels of industry stop, and overall development, economic progress and social evolution slows down. This mission-criticality of power is the reason why the digitalization of the power grid is rightly referred to as a revolution – it impacts everyone, from individual families and communities to large companies, nations and even the cross-border economy. From plant to plug, and across demand applications, the digital transformation heralds multiple benefits for all players in the power ecosystem. >> Read more

  • July 2018
    FEATURE: Now is the time for existing utilities, IPP generation asset owners, and new facility investors to embrace the maturing of storage technologies, the decrease in prices for deployment, and a more promising regulatory environment. Simple paybacks for installations in the most prime areas will typically be in the 1-3 year range. This should stimulate development for new storage elements at existing generation sites, as well as grid-critical substation nodes. The changes brought about by deployments of utility scale storage will be as profound as the penetrations of renewable sources and cheap natural gas, and at least as fast. >>  Read more

  • June 2018
    FEATURE: Smart grid technologies have increased the grid’s efficiency. They also have improved its resilience and addressed power-quality issues, but energy storage technology has been quietly becoming an important part of those strategies. Significant emphasis has been put on energy storage systems (ESS), making the power grid stronger and more resistant to outside forces such as extreme weather, congestion and security issues. A growing emphasis also has been placed on the regionalization of the power-delivery system to make it less vulnerable to disruptions. >> Read more

  • May 2018
    FEATURE: Classic preventive maintenance practices remain ingrained in the power industry culture in spite of the tremendous potential of predictive, condition-based, and reliability-centered alternatives. Condition-based, predictive maintenance has become significantly easier and more automated in recent years, and the cost to implement the practice is falling. Maintenance that is prioritized based on current asset conditions enables safer, more reliable operation and extends equipment life. >> Read more

  • April 2018
    FEATURE: Recent indicators show investment trends in T&D infrastructure are up and will continue to expand for the next decade. Digital technology has paved the way for a new emphasis in technologically enhanced asset management schemes. These schemes are designed to provide utilities with end-to-end asset tracking. Investments in asset management are streamlining operations, lowering maintenance costs and reducing risks to reliability, while adding resiliency, and are the next logical step in the digitization of the grid. >> Read more

  • March 2018
    FEATURE: What if there was a way to make your remote assets seem a little less remote? What about a lot less remote? Next-gen digital solutions are here to expand the reach and impact of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) exponentially, making it possible for industrial operators to manage facilities and networks with an unprecedented level of flexibility, ease and efficiency. >> Read more

  • February 2018
    FEATURE:  To help utilities reach their substation security and resiliency goals, operation managers are deploying smarter physical defenses that work hand-in-hand with a reliable and secure communication network to shore up substation defenses, decrease reaction times and improve the speed of restoration. While absolute physical security is not practically achievable, it is possible to lessen the damage. We recommend a layered approach to security. >> Read more

  • January 2018
    FEATURE:  The microgrid concept is not new and yet its commercial significance is only now becoming apparent. During the age of industrialization, centralized grids that served a large number of consumers from a single primary power source made more economic sense. Microgrids weren’t a cost-effective solution for everyday energy needs. >> Read more

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    2017 Archive

  • December 2017
    FEATURE: American Electric Power (AEP) faced challenges presented by its aging transmission infrastructure. AEP worked with ABB to integrate existing infrastructure and system data, which – together with algorithms – would transform operational data into actionable decision-support information. >> Read more

  • November 2017
    FEATURE: When operators leverage digital technology and power systems in real time, it leads to significant improvements in grid reliability, increased site and worker safety, and reduced power interruptions. Enter, the digital revolution. Digital substations reduce the electrical connection between high-voltage equipment, let the grid run more efficiently, and create a safer work site. This is done by replacement of copper signal wires with fiber-optic connectivity. Additionally, the industrial internet of things (IIoT) is able to offer data on demand to optimize overall substation performance — often letting operators work from the comfort and safety of an offsite office. >> Read more

  • October 2017
    FEATURE: To protect their employees, contractors, the public and assets, American Electric Power (AEP) needed a tool to monitor the health of vital equipment, analyze data and signal alarms whenever abnormal conditions were observed. This need for a better way to predict equipment failures led to a partnership with ABB and the creation of the Asset Health Center. AEP can now prioritize asset replacement based on condition and performance, not simply age - saving them time and money. >> Read more

  • September 2017
    FEATURE: The deployment of next generation asset performance tools is moving forward on a global scale. Some utilities have installed enterprise-wide asset management systems, while others are experimenting with staged projects, testing the technology. Others are taking a conservative approach, watching and studying for now. In the meantime, IoT, cloud-computing and big data technologies are being included in advanced asset managing platforms, bringing added capabilities. >> Read more

  • August 2017
    FEATURE: Aging infrastructure, new regulations and major weather events, combined with CAPEX constraints and reduced O&M budgets mandate risk-based decision making to optimize limited resources. While new technologies can help utilities overcome many of these challenges, they can be complicated to navigate. Attend our informative keynote panel session to discover how utilities are successfully leveraging technology, intelligent devices and big data to prioritize resources, mitigate risk and maximize reliability. >> Read more

  • July 2017
    FEATURE: Utilities use intelligent digital components to monitor their operational parameters and the parameters of the systems they make up. Now, this data can be sent for analysis to centralized digital asset management platforms through the Internet of Things (IoT) or standard communications channels, and be used by utilities to improve their internal processes. In this article, several utilities share their experiences with digital asset technology. >> Read more

  • June 2017
    FEATURE: Recently, there's been modest but alarming outbreak of gun attacks on substation transformers. These critical devices account for fewer than 3% of the transformers in U.S. substations, but they carry as much as 70% of the nation’s power, according to a 2014 report by CRS. ABB worked with electric utilities and the U.S. Department of Energy to come up with the Substation Physical Security and Resiliency Initiative, which lays out a five-step approach to shielding electric transmission and distribution systems against attacks, as well as natural threats. >> Read more

  • May 2017
    FEATURE: The traditionally hierarchical power system is moving to a much more distributed electric grid with smaller energy producers creating energy from eco-friendly resources such as solar, wind and water. However, these small distributed energy resources are much more difficult to control. Innovative applications and technology that supports higher levels of integration and interaction of the power control and automation systems are needed. >> Read More

  • April 2017
    FEATURE: Alaska power customers have typically faced high electric bills, the result of tenuously-connected remote communities and the high cost to serve them. Alaska's Chugach Electric Association's Anchorage-area project will be used to test scalability and improve power stability for roughly 300,000 people. The company will use a modular, container-housed microgrid solution to blend flywheel and battery storage. The flywheel will facilitate the integration of fluctuating wind power and the battery will be used for long-term storage. Integration of renewables is a key element. >> Read more

  • March 2017
    FEATURE: Most transmission grid operators look back fondly on the simplicity of dealing with only a small number of large generation sources. Pressed by changing environmental requirements, market shifts, and consumer demands, the range of power generation resource options continues to relentlessly increase in number and complexity. There’s no going back; the question is how best to move forward.  >> Read more

  • February 2017
    FEATURE: As a result of Sandy, Con Edison launched a massive effort to harden the critical and metropolitan East 13th Street substation, which provides power to almost 1 million people in Manhattan. Upgrading the relay protection and substation automation systems was an important component of this comprehensive storm-hardening program. >> Read more

  • January 2017
    FEATURE: Cutting carbon emissions while meeting the growing energy needs of an expanding global population requires innovative, pioneering solutions. One is microgrids, powered by renewable energy.  >> Read more
  • 2016 Archive

  • December 2016
    FEATURE: A new assessment of the Eastern U.S. grid shows it will theoretically be able to handle 30% renewables within 10 years, but only with serious upgrades to the bulk power system. The forecast takes into account only existing technologies, but that doesn’t mean the capability will be automatic.  >> Read more

  • November 2016
    FEATURE: Recent events and developing threats remind us that as essential as the grid is to national and economic security, it is and always has been vulnerable. The utility industry is responding to the changing threat profile with new technologies. Properly applied, these technologies can match the level of protection with the criticality of the asset. This allows power producers and utilities to move away from a one-size-fits all approach, because not all assets are created equal. >> Read more

  • October 2016
    FEATURE: It may seem ironic that the pioneer of projects that could lead to the sharpest increase in emissions-free electricity in the US started in Wyoming, the state that leads US production of coal, ranks in the top 10 for natural gas production, and pumps 2 percent of the nation's oil. It started when after a 320,000-acre cattle ranch was put up for sale, it was noted it was swept by some of the steadiest, most powerful land-based wind resources in the world. A better economic proposition would be to capture and transmit the ranch's wind energy to California, one of the world's richest markets for emissions-free electricity. >> Read more

  • September 2016
    FEATURE: The world has gone digital and that includes the electricity industry. It’s hard to remember the time when relays were simple electromechanical devices without firmware, communications interfaces or multi-functionality. The industry had to bridge the gap between aging analog devices and digital technologies. Today, there is not a single component in a substation that has not been enhanced, enriched or augmented by some form of embedded digital technology, making them operate better at higher ratings with more reliability than ever before. However, the challenge now is integrating all of these elements into a totally digital substation and making it work in a demanding environment. >> Read more

  • August 2016
    FEATURE: Aging infrastructure, new regulations and major weather events, combined with CAPEX constraints and reduced O&M budgets mandate risk-based decision making to optimize limited resources. While new technologies can help utilities overcome many of these challenges, they can be complicated to navigate. Attend our informative keynote panel session to discover how utilities are successfully leveraging technology, intelligent devices and big data to prioritize resources, mitigate risk and maximize reliability. This virtual conference will take on some of the most pressing issues currently facing the industry - a shifting regulatory environment, tight budgets, aging equipment and DER integration. Join us September 22 for keynote at 11 am ET, followed by 8 sessions in 2 tracks. >> Read more

  • July 2016
    FEATURE: The construction of small solar farms is running ahead of grid integration rules in many areas, and that can be a problem for utilities. In states where there is nothing like California’s trendsetting Rule 21 in place to oversee the process – and FERC rules do not apply – utilities are finding the best way to manage this solar flood is to “smarten” their transmission and distribution grids. By embracing the smart grid, utilities are not only mitigating the technical difficulties associated with integrating solar farms, they are also putting themselves in a position to benefit from the enhanced stability and reliability renewable generation can provide.  >> Read more

  • June 2016
    FEATURE: For many years local power generation – typically based on diesel generators – has been the standard way to deliver power to islands, remote communities or industrial sites. However, recent years have seen growing awareness and interest in factors such as grid resilience, environmental impact and fossil fuel price volatility, leading energy service providers and end-customers to take a closer look at microgrids. By combining a range of generation sources with energy storage and intelligent load management, microgrids provide reliable, economic and green power supply. >> Read more

  • May 2016
    FEATURE: Since 2003, the GridWise Alliance’s vital voice has represented the diverse stakeholders that design, build and operate the electric grid, and has been at the forefront of educating legislators and regulators on the critical need to modernize America’s electricity system. One of the Alliance’s most significant and informative activities is producing the GridWise Alliance’s Annual Grid Modernization Index (GMI) report. The GMI report is very important, because it not only defines the attributes of grid modernization; it rates the individual U.S. states on their success in achieving these attributes.  >> Read more

  • April 2016
    FEATURE: With the new challenges spurred by the evolving grid, you need answers to save the day. Come by our booth to talk to our experts and discover new technologies, industry best practices and comprehensive solutions to solve your most pressing issues – helping you become a superhero within your company. You might even find out the only difference between a comic book superpower and your superpower is that yours can be real! Visit ABB at IEEE in booth #5216 to address your most pressing issues and realize your superpower potential.
    >> Read more

  • March 2016
    FEATURE: For good reason, more utilities are implementing comprehensive network management systems to streamline the deployment, optimization, maintenance and control of their communication networks. At this point in power grid evolution, the older model of multiple disparate networks under various management systems is not only unsustainable, but potentially devastating to business goals and customer relations.
    >> Read more

  • February 2016
    FEATURE: There are many stages of bankability when building a solar power plant: design, equipment procurement, installation and commissioning, and maintenance. From the inverter to the transformer to the substation, equipment procurement influences all of these areas in powerful ways. It takes significant lead-time to find the right site, file the necessary permits, and start designing the project. Thinking about transformer requirements at the earliest stages of development is critical to ultimate success. Are you thinking ahead?
    >> Read more

  • January 2016
    FEATURE: Rapid recovery transformer advancements – as well as new assessment, monitoring, hardening and rapid repair capabilities – can help utilities boost grid reliability and minimize exposure to potential attacks and outages. The advantages and potential of these rapid recovery transformers, coupled with wider access to spare large power transformers and the ability of utilities to quickly assess, monitor, harden and replace this equipment, will better prepare our power grid for any emergency situation in the coming years. >>