What Is DERMS and How Can It Help Utilities? [PODCAST]

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Wed, 08 Jul 2020 23:09:37 +0000

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A distributed energy resource management system, or DERMS, is a software platform used to manage a group of distributed energy resource (DER) assets—such as rooftop photovoltaic solar panels, behind-the-meter batteries, or a fleet of electric vehicles—to deliver vital grid services and balance demand with supply to help utilities achieve mission-critical outcomes. As a guest on […]

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The Importance of a Resilient Power System [PODCAST]

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2020 19:54:50 +0000

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It’s hurricane season in the U.S., which runs from June 1 through the end of November, and there have already been three named storms. The most recent was Tropical Storm Christobal, which was the earliest third-named Atlantic storm on record when it formed on June 2. It made landfall in the U.S. along the northern […]

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Understanding the Dangers of Hydrogen Sulfide Gas [PODCAST]

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 07 May 2020 13:03:41 +0000

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Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas is produced as a result of the microbial breakdown of organic materials in the absence of oxygen. It can be found in tanks, vaults, voids, and other confined spaces at industrial facilities including power plants. Besides being flammable and corrosive, H2S is also colorless and toxic, even in relatively low concentrations, […]

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Solar Power Is Cheap and Getting Cheaper [PODCAST]

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2020 21:12:13 +0000

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In many locations, solar power is already the lowest-cost renewable energy alternative available. Some of the advantage stems from advancements made in manufacturing processes and economies of scale that solar companies have captured. Operating costs also factor into the equation—solar’s operating costs are minimal while operating expenses for wind power are more substantial. Still, Brendan […]

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Technology for Managing Distributed Energy Resources [PODCAST]

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 09 Apr 2020 14:08:12 +0000

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With the growth of distributed energy resources, including rooftop solar, wind turbines, battery energy storage systems, electric vehicles, and demand response technology, distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS) are becoming increasingly important for utilities. Brad Williams, vice president of Industry Strategy with Oracle Utilities was a guest on The POWER Podcast. He touched on a […]

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What Does It Take to Develop Utility-Scale Solar Projects? [PODCAST]

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Tue, 31 Mar 2020 23:05:59 +0000

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Constructing a utility-scale solar project requires more than simply buying PV panels and mounting them in a field. It can take years to find the right location, conduct feasibility studies, obtain permits, and align the proverbial stars. A couple of experts, who have managed multiple projects through the process, were guests on The POWER Podcast. […]

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PLM, ERP, EAM, Digital Twin: What Do They All Mean? [PODCAST]

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Thu, 19 Mar 2020 15:46:06 +0000

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The power industry and technology worlds are filled with acronyms. It’s often hard to know what they all mean. Mark Reisig, director of Product Marketing at Aras, was a guest on The POWER Podcast. He explained how digital technology is being utilized to bring products to market and track assets throughout their lifecycle. The process […]

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Are Traditional Power Companies Being Disintermediated? [PODCAST]

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2020 15:13:46 +0000

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How will the electric grid change as the world transitions to a power system with more renewable energy resources? Some experts foresee a shift from today’s grid-type architecture to a system of systems—from the current centralized design to a distributed energy scheme. While it’s hard to know exactly what the future holds, it’s commonly believed […]

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Why Do People Choose Careers in Engineering? [PODCAST]

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2020 09:44:16 +0000

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Do you want to solve important problems, contribute to society, and help people? Well, then, you may want to become an engineer. At least that’s why some successful engineers have said they entered and persist in the occupation, according to a recent study published by DiscoverE, an engineering outreach organization based in Alexandria, Virginia. The […]

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How Utilities Can Manage Supplier Risk [PODCAST]

Credit to Author: Aaron Larson| Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 23:39:50 +0000

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Power companies are turning to external suppliers and contractors now more than ever. Utilities are getting help with tasks ranging from the relatively simple, such as vegetation management and the handling of customer calls, to the complex, including turbine repair and large infrastructure projects. Although the benefits of utilizing contractors are often obvious, the dangers, […]

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