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Pennsylvania utility installs sensors to address power outages

In a press statement, the utility firm said it integrated the new technology into its network to lower power outages. The system comprises smart grid...

Ukraine power outage was caused by hackers, say experts

A report from Washington-based SANS ICS released over the weekend points to hackers remotely switching breakers to cut power creating the six-hour Ukraine power outage...

Iberdrola reduces power outages by 18% in regional Spain

In Europe, Spain's largest utility Iberdrola claims that it has improved its service quality for customers in the Castilla-La Mancha area by 18% due...

Managing Power Outage and Reliability Issues with OpenWay


Reliability issues represent ongoing challenges for utilities. Customers see these challenges in occasional loss of power
to their home or business. Utility managers and shareholders see these challenges in rising stress on energy delivery systems and in scrutiny by regulators of the consistency and quality of service delivered to ratepayers. Managing outages and power quality has a significant impact on the bottom-line performance of a utility. For example, improving key indicators such as the System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI) can save utilities millions of dollars a year and improve relations with regulators, ratepayers and shareholders alike.

This paper describes the types of reliability issues a utility can encounter; how utilities currently handle these issues; and how a radio-frequency-based (RF) local-area mesh network such as OpenWay by Itron (referred to as the OpenWay RFLAN or simply RFLAN throughout this article) can provide significant benefits in improving response times, reducing restoration time and costs, helping prevent future outages, and optimizing asset management.

You can access the full article here Managing Power Outage and Reliability Issues with OpenWay.

 

Brazil’s power outages push case for smart grid technology

In South America, Brazil's energy suppliers are under pressure as national power grid operator ONS restricted electricity distribution during peak-time this week causing outages in...

New Jersey utility addresses power outages with ‘TripSaver’ initiative

JCP&L is installing automated reclosing devices on its distribution lines to reduce the frequency and duration of power outages.

Smart cable grid monitoring enters Swedish market for the first time

Swedish utility Oresundskraft has partnered with DNV GL to monitor large sections of its power grid using a smart cable technology.

Ameren provides power outage data over handheld devices

[img:voss.thumbnail.jpeg|Thomas R. Voss,
President & CEO,
Ameren Corporation
]St Louis, MI, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- September 3, 2009 - Ameren companies in Illinois and Missouri have started a mobile power outage information service, “ameren.mobi,” for their 2.4 million electric customers in the two states.

Ameren.mobi offers customers the comfort of being able to report a power outage from a mobile device and provides statistics organized by county and ZIP code to users of BlackBerries, Palm Pilots, iPhones and other mobile devices.

UK’s National Grid responds after blackout

The group CEO of the UK's grid operator, National Grid has insisted that the state has one of the world’s most reliable energy networks, and that he was not on holiday during the blackout on Friday 9 August that left 900.000 people without electricity.

73,000 New York customers left in darkness

Some 73,000 consumers, customers of Con Edison in New York, were left in darkness following an electrical transmission disturbance

Smell a rotten egg, leave the premises immediately – utility prepares for Hurricane Dorian

TECO Peoples Gas is continuing to track Hurricane Dorian in a bid to prepare for any devastation caused by the natural disaster.

Energy efficiency a cost-effective way to mitigate winter power outages – ACEEE

A new report released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) states that energy efficiency is a cost-effective way for utilities in the US to address cold-weather electricity challenges.

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