Keep Pace with the Transforming Energy Market

With the growth of renewable energy, the number of distributed energy resources (DER) feeding into the electric power system (EPS) is growing too. Since a traditional EPS is not designed to accommodate power coming from distributed sources, utilities are facing a number of challenges.

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Customer service is a valuable part of any utility business strategy. When the power goes out, customers aren’t concerned with how the power will be restored - they just want it back on. Utilities are feeling more pressure to protect the grid from extreme weather and restore power as quickly as possible with hurricanes, floods, and snow and ice storms causing more power outages in the United States than any other source.

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Utilities’ use of lattice box structures is not a new concept. In fact, utilities have used the design in substations for well over a hundred years. In recent years, utilities have looked at their existing lattice box structures and asked themselves: Can this structure support new upgraded equipment or should we replace it? But how do you determine if this existing structure can have an extended service life? 

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Whenever a utility puts up a power line, they also must manage the vegetation that surrounds that line.  As long as there are trees and overhead power lines, vegetation management will be one of the most important – and expensive – operational areas confronting an electric utility. 

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Grid hardening is a combined system of actions that create a strong infrastructure to better protect utility customers from weather-related outages. From physical structures to communications to effective documentation, grid hardening entails an end-to-end approach that better protects infrastructure and improves levels of service in the event of extreme weather.

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