(“Smart,” “Intelligent,” “Advanced”) Meters: Are they mandatory or optional elements for Grid Modernization?

(“Smart,” “Intelligent,” “Advanced”) Meters: Are they mandatory or optional elements for Grid Modernization?
(“Smart,” “Intelligent,” “Advanced”) Meters: Are they mandatory or optional elements for Grid Modernization? By: Ron Chebra, VP of Grid Modernization rchebra@enernex.com 865-218-4600 x8108     Listening to a utility discussing their grid modernization efforts, it seemed obvious from the information provided that “smart,” “intelligent,” or “advanced” meters (pick your favorite adjective) were at the heart of many of t...

Volt-Var Control Settings for Smart PVs | Energy Central

Volt-Var Control Settings for Smart PVs | Energy Central
Vol-Var Control Settings for Smart PVs Co-authored by: M. Humayun and J. Schoene Originally published on EnergyCentral.com Introduction The penetration of distributed energy resources (DER), such as residential-scale Photovoltaic generation (PV), is increasing owing to their renewable nature and locations closer to electric loads. However, the high penetration of these resources render problems including excessive voltage variation and violation of...

What’s in the future?

What’s in the future?
By: Ron Chebra, VP of Grid Modernization rchebra@enernex.com 865-218-4600 x8108   Recently a client of our asked if we had any sense of emerging or nascent technologies that will be game changers over the next 10 or so years. We brainstormed about key things like: Energy Storage - new chemistries that will reduce costs, improve performance and become a significant asset to the generation fleet. Universal and Standard telemetry ne...

A Tidal Wave of Acronyms in EpiDERMic Proportions Crash Over Utilities

A Tidal Wave of Acronyms in EpiDERMic Proportions Crash Over Utilities
By: Ron Chebra, VP of Grid Modernization rchebra@enernex.com 865-218-4600 x8108     Our industry seems to find a never-ending source for developing, using and abusing TLAs, FLAs and MLAs (three letter, four letter and multiple letter acronyms) which can lead up to a cacophony of unpronounceable sounds like DERMS, (which can sound like germs to those who are unfamiliar with the marketplace). Many utilities are building on the mo...