As part of its ongoing effort to improve the safety and reliability of its electric system, PG&E routinely uses a specialized helicopter to wash a targeted set of power lines that tend to accumulate significant amounts of contamination throughout the year such as dirt, salt and bird excrement.
Renewables. Wind and solar are increasing their presence and importance on the grid, thanks in part to advances in technology at all levels of the power system. Download Advances in wind energy technologies in the context of smart grid to learn about some of these advancements, and how they are bringing greater control, mitigating intermittencies, and reducing the effect of electrical disturbances.
Preparing for FERC 797 (GIC). Power systems located in the far northern and southern latitudes are most susceptible to geomagnetically induced current (GIC) issues. Other factors – including resistance of the soil, length of the transmission lines, and proximity to water – also come into play. Watch this short interview with Ramsis Girgis, ABB's R&D Manager for Power Transformers, to learn more about the FERC 797 standard and how to mitigate potential GIC issues. ...
Planning for renewable integration. Renewable-energy providers are up against hard deadlines when it comes to initial delivery of new power to their utility customers. Failing to meet backfeed dates specified in power purchase agreements can result in big financial penalties. In this short video, Matt Vaughn, ABB's Business Development Manager – Renewables PSS NAM, talks about some of the things renewable-energy providers can do to ensure smooth integration in order to...
Oncor Microgrid and Technology Demonstration and Education Center (TDEC) in Lancaster, Texas
S&C Electric Company and Schneider Electric completed one of the most advanced microgrids in the North America for Oncor, an electric transmission and distribution company serving 10 million customers across Texas. The microgrid will improve energy efficiency and power reliability for Oncor customers while maximizing newly installed energy storage and renewable generation. The state-of-the-art facility also includes an integrated demonstration center for Oncor to showcase the microgrid’s...
Introduction to Solid Dielectric Switchgear with an Integrated Visible Break
Learn about solid dielectric insulation, and how G&W’s integrated visible break – the first in the market – reduces the total cost of switchgear ownership while maintaining operator safety. Recorded at G&W, this video includes a review of switchgear history and its evolution.
Western Area Power Administration developed this training to help linemen comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's new fall protection standards, requiring 100% attachment and fall arrest and restraint on wood and steel structures.