Do Team Building Exercises Work?

Do Team Building Exercises Work? By: Ron Chebra, VP of Grid Modernization rchebra@enernex.com 865-218-4600 x8108     A few years ago, I had the opportunity to participate in an off-site team building exercise in Belgium.  Upon reflecting on the particular challenge presented, I made the link to the meaningfulness of that very activity and the workplace….

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Episode #6 | Cost Benefit Analysis – Science or Art?

The Energy Exchange Podcast Episode #6 | Cost Benefit Analysis – Science or Art? Take a listen as EnerNex Vice President of Grid Modernization Ron Chebra along with special guest Mark Everette, CEO of MWE Consulting, explore the nuances and challenges of building a solid and defensible Cost Benefit Analysis for grid modernization investments. Given…

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System Engineering Cyber Security Approaches for Distribution, Transmission and Generation Systems

System Engineering Cyber Security Approaches for Distribution, Transmission and Generation Systems By: Kay Stefferud, Director of Implementation Services kay@enernex.com 865-218-4600 x8104     Like many other systems of systems (SoS), the electric grid is facing challenges as devices originally intended to be either standalone or locally networked are now being connected to both advanced management systems…

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Live Line Clearance Evaluation Transient Study

Live Line Clearance Evaluation Transient Study By: Tom Grebe, Principal Consultant tgrebe@enernex.com 865-218-4600 x6176     Power system apparatus, such as transformers, switchgear, and cables may be exposed to various types of transients. High-frequency transients and very steep overvoltages may cause problems for electrical equipment because they can cause local overstressing of the insulation system. Utility…

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Proper Utilization of PMU Data: Towards Prevention of Wide Area Blackouts

Proper Utilization of PMU Data: Towards Prevention of Wide Area Blackouts By: Sarina Adhikari, Senior Consultant sadhikari@enernex.com 865-218-4600 x6177     The North American Bulk Electric Systems (BES) comprises of Eastern and Western Interconnection and Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). These are the combination of several complicated rotating machines along with several pieces of…

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Episode #2 | Pre-Pay – Hitting an Inflection Point

The Energy Exchange Podcast Hosted by EnerNex Now Live! Episode #2: Pre-Pay – Hitting an Inflection Point Episode Summary This episode of The Energy Exchange is all about the pre-payment movement within utilities. What are the drivers, motivators, benefits and societal impacts of these pre-pay programs? EnerNex VP Ron Chebra explores the topic with special…

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ADMS: a Product or a Philosophy?

ADMS: a Product or a Philosophy? By: Ron Chebra, VP of Grid Modernization rchebra@enernex.com 865-218-4600 x8108   As more and more utilities undertake their Grid Modernization journey, an Advanced Distribution Management System (ADMS) is frequently at the core of many of their technology plans. An ADMS typically encompasses multiple application functions such as, Distribution Scada…

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(“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…

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Resilient Consultants

By: Aaron Snyder, Director of Grid Technology Consulting aaron@enernex.com 865-218-4600 x6147     My laptop was stolen! My hard drive crashed! My laptop was detained by CBP! Are you ready for these? Resiliency is a hot topic for the electric industry, but it can also be a personal lifestyle aspiration. Those who travel for work…

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Exciting News for EnerNex!

We’re Pleased to Announce: EnerNex, a CESI Company   CESI, a world-leading energy technology and innovation consulting company headquartered in Europe, and EnerNex, a leading U.S. electric power engineering and consulting firm, today announced a partnership through which EnerNex will be operating under the CESI umbrella. The acquisition brings together two stable and profitable companies…

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Grid Modernization – Are You Ready Yet?

This presentation will describe the origins of Grid Modernization and propose a readiness determination methodology. Attendees will also examine concepts that challenge existing paradigms in order to understand how to define more robust future systems. Click here to access the free recording.       Presented by Dr. Aaron Snyder, Director of Grid Technology Consulting…

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Episode #1 | Reliability, Resiliency and Response

Take a listen to The Energy Exchange podcast hosted by EnerNex. A podcast where we talk about a cleaner, smarter energy system of the future. Episode #1: Reliability, Resiliency and Response  In this first episode of The Energy Exchange, host and EnerNex VP Ron Chebra covers the topic of: Reliability, Resiliency and Response. Hear from…

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Business Drivers across the Microgrid Landscape

Business Drivers across the Microgrid Landscape By: Ron Chebra, VP of Grid Modernization rchebra@enernex.com 865-218-4600 x8108     I was at the 3rd Annual Grid Modernization Forum in Chicago in May and was a panelist on the “Keys to Financing Microgrids” session chaired by Matan Metial of S&C. Other panelist included Mark Everette of MWE Consulting…

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Augmented Reality and the Utility Industry

        WEBINAR OVERVIEW Digital disruption is driving the next wave of technological evolution, and the utility sector is no exception. According to ABI Research, augmented reality (AR) is expected to balloon into a $100 billion industry by 2020. The imminent appearance of AR in the marketplace will benefit the power utilities and…

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The Term Use Case is Becoming Hackneyed

By Jeremy Laundergan hack·neyed (adjective) a phrase or idea lacking significance after being overused. The use of the term “use case” has been misused, over-used and misconstrued so much recently that the interpretation of this term has created some confusion about the usefulness of this methodology. Use Case methodology is a structured approach for identifying…

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