Harald Mayer| Nov 04, 2015

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What's happening at the substation? Condition monitoring boosts savings and reliability

Most utilities employ a time-based approach to maintaining and replacing electrical substation assets. However, sometimes these schedules are overtaken by events. Substation equipment commonly endures a surprising amount of wear and tear from network conditions (such as overloading) and harsh environmental conditions -- both cumulative and sudden. It's not always possible to predict when substation equipment might fail. But when it does, this can lead to unplanned outages, damage to other equip ...

Chris King| Oct 19, 2015

Rethinking Utility Tariffs for Distributed Energy Resources

As distributed energy resources (DER) continue to proliferate, and at an accelerating pace, we are seeing regulators and utilities adopting new concepts in designing rates – for example in Hawaii and in Europe. A key element of this is a new focus on the rates associated with the distribution of electricity, the wires portion of the business. These rates recover the cost of building and maintaining the wires – plus all the associated equipment, such as substations, devices connected to stabiliz ...

Usman Sindhu| Oct 14, 2015

Recap of the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2015– Utilities Perspective

We expect bold statements and ideas from Gartner Research. One feels rejuvenated with new ideas after attending electric keynotes at the Gartner Symposium. This year was impressive indeed. Analysts and guest speakers talked about how to become an agile IT enterprise embracing digital business. Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president, global head of research at Gartner, shared how companies will generate digital revenue from digital business. Companies like Williams-Sonoma changed their business ...

Harald Mayer| Sep 28, 2015


SITRAM DRY: Keeping oil dry to preserve transformer life

Oil and water don’t mix. However, inside transformers, they can come together — with rather unfortunate effects. SITRAM DRY, a continuous transformer oil drying solution from Siemens, helps extend transformer life by removing insulation-destroying moisture from transformer oil.  The useful life of a transformer is largely determined by the strength of its solid insulation. Once the mechanical strength has lost 50% of its initial value, the end of life of the transformer’s solid insulation is rea ...

Harald Mayer| Sep 28, 2015

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Utility specialty support services

Siemens offers a range of specialized services to help electric utilities address unique issues associated with power distribution networks. These offerings build upon Siemens' vast and diverse industry and analytics expertise, as well as a deep catalogue of power distribution products. Siemens utility support services include: Operation & maintenance of power delivery assets. Reduce risk, control costs and enhance reliability by outsourcing this crucial function to a qualified service provi ...