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Cancelled projects, manufacturing overruns, and warehouse liquidations can generate a truckload of surplus inventory. While a majority of this electrical equipment is sold through local surplus dealers, e-commerce has opened up a new way of doing business.
David Rosenfield, president of ROMAC, City of Commerce, Calif., estimates that the surplus electrical industry tops $1 billion. In the past five years, an increasing number of dealers have started listing their inventories on their Web sites, selling equipment online, or trading their goods in Internet auctions.
“The Internet is an awesome way to sell a product because you can really get close to what you're buying,” Rosenfield says. “I've been doing this for 35 years, and in the past you had to fly to where the material was, assuming it was out of your immediate territory, or you had to take your chances by way of verbal descriptions and a few Polaroids.”
Two years ago, electrical contractors could buy and sell slow-moving, obsolete, and obscure equipment on about two-dozen electrical e-commerce sites. While many of those online ventures have all but vanished, it's still possible to unload surplus equipment through Internet auctions, Web bulletin boards, and online directories. One of those directories,Surplus Record, has been published for eight decades. In 1995, when many companies were first becoming aware of the Internet, the publication had already launched a comprehensive Web site atwww.SurplusRecord.com. Today, 170,000 subscribers, from electrical contractors to manufacturers, can search for surplus electrical and power equipment online.Surplus Recordalso offers a free service to electrical contractors to sell their surplus equipment. If contractors overestimate the amount of material needed for a job or wind up with extra inventory after a project has been cancelled, they can post the items for sale on the directory's bulletin board.
“The Internet has made the world a smaller place,” says Tom Scanlan, publisher ofSurplus Record. “Traditionally, electrical contractors would call their local surplus dealer if they wanted to buy or sell equipment. Now they can post an item on our Web site and get proposals from dealers all over North America.”
About 1,000 surplus dealers list more than 60,000 pieces of equipment on theSurplus RecordWeb site, which allows them to update their records daily, communicate instantaneously with their buyers through e-mail, and sell more equipment, Scanlan says.
“Electrical dealers are selling more surplus equipment online than they ever have before,” he says. “Back in 1995, few dealers, if any, had exposure to the Internet until we brought them into it. They were not very open to embracing the Web, but we convinced them that this was the future.”
While about 80% of the directory's advertisers have an online presence, only about 5% sell equipment directly from their Web site. Instead of serving as an e-commerce tool,Surplus Recordoperates as an independent marketplace to connect buyers with sellers. Another surplus directory,Electrical Advertiser (www.ea-online.com), also lists electrical equipment from more than 450 manufacturers, dealers, and suppliers.
While the online directories provide information on where to buy surplus electrical equipment, a handful of auction sites offer e-commerce capabilities. Large lots of transformers and heavy industrial equipment are sold on FreeMarkets Asset Auctions (www.AssetAuctions.FreeMarkets.com), where contractors, dealers, and manufacturers bid on surplus equipment offered by Fortune 1000 firms.
Smaller electrical contractors who are looking for a limited quantity of electrical supplies, however, can search for everything from vintage wiring books to transformers on eBay, an online marketplace with 49.7 million registered users (eBay Basicson page C10). While the site is geared more to do-it-yourselfers and consumers than professional contractors, an increasing number of surplus dealers, such as Denver-based Rocky Mountain Surplus, are selling electrical surplus through eBay. President Rockne Rhodes says his company launched an eBay electrical store a year-and-a-half ago, hired a full-time employee to set up and track eBay auctions, and bought four digital cameras to take photos of the surplus equipment. Today, his business attracts customers from around the world.
“It keeps growing and expanding,” Rhodes says. “We have noticed a lot more international sales with eBay. I'm sure it will be routine five years from now where we'll be selling surplus electrical equipment to customers all over the world. It's a slowly evolving marketplace, but it's very efficient.”
Rhodes opened an eBay store not to sell truckloads of surplus inventory, but rather to track customers and pull in new business. While an electrician or distributor may not find the exact item they're looking for in Rhodes' online store, they often call his company to ask if they have an alternate item in stock. eBay, which launched in 1995, has added new categories such as circuit breakers and transformers due to the increased demand for electrical equipment in the last few years. Rhodes says surplus dealers need to consistently list items on eBay before a market can get off the ground.
“We put transformers up on eBay and we weren't getting any sales for a couple of months, but we kept listing them,” Rhodes says. “All of a sudden, it just took off, and we were selling a ton of them. It's a catch-22. Someone has to be out there doing it. Once they start putting the stuff up there consistently, it eventually attracts a crowd.”
Some surplus dealers, however, haven't yet jumped on the Internet bandwagon. Rhodes says many of his counterparts may be afraid of new technology or reluctant to make the upfront investment of time and money.
“They like their way of doing business because they are used to it,” Rhodes says. “They don't realize that the way they are doing business now is going to change in the future because of the Internet. You can't stop it. Those people who choose not to evolve will not be in business 10 years from now.”
What to Ask Before Buying Online
David Rosenfield advises contractors to e-mail the seller to find out as much information as possible before bidding on electrical equipment online. Here are a few questions to steer you in the right direction.
Is this an original factory product?
Is the product new and in the box?
Does it have any cracks, marks, or fractures in its case?
Does it exhibit any indication or symptoms of having been burned in any way?
What kinds of tests do you use to ensure the safety and reliability of the product?
When was the last time this product was in service?
Has it ever failed?
Is there any warranty in the event that the product arrives and is dead on arrival?
Can I return the product if I'm not satisfied with it?
Get What You Pay for on the Net
Electrical contractors should always remember the common phrase, “caveat emptor” or “let the buyer beware” when purchasing electrical equipment online, says David Rosenfield, one of the founders of the Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League (PEARL), a trade association for surplus dealers.
“The caution that I would offer to anybody about buying on the Internet is that if you don't go out of your way to verify the product, you could get a bag of junk,” Rosenfield says. “The worst thing about trading online is that people demand cash in advance more often than in any other venue. One of the shortfalls of buying on the Internet is that you have a tendency to forget that you're still dealing with humans and not just a computer screen.”
If possible, contractors should ask the seller a lot of questions before placing their bids on an auction site. Sometimes, however, they won't find out they got a lemon until after they've already won an auction, paid the seller, and opened up the package. For example, Rosenfield learned a valuable lesson when he unknowingly bought a counterfeit circuit breaker on eBay. Someone had re-marked a trip unit to look like an original factory device, and the seller couldn't tell the difference. Because of how easy it is to silkscreen a new product label and how difficult it is to spot a fake, some counterfeit products can slip through the cracks on Internet auctions.
“In the used equipment business, counterfeiting has been a problem for a long time — long before there was eBay or any other Internet marketing tools,” he says. “When we caught the problem with the circuit breaker, we sent it back and the seller was good enough to make it right for us.”
Rosenfield says one time, however, he bought a diesel gen set on eBay, but wound up with unusable merchandise and no way to return it.
“I was promised that the unit was pristine and recently removed from a hospital installation,” Rosenfield says. “When I received it, it had a cracked engine block. It was junk. It's rusting in my backyard now. The seller wouldn't help a bit.”
eBay has since implemented a fraud protection program. If a buyer contacts a seller and the dispute isn't resolved within two weeks, then the buyers can contact their credit card company, which may offer 100% online protection. They can also use an online mediator, such as Square Trade, which is offered free of charge to eBay buyers. Next, buyers can file a fraud alert and if necessary, a protection claim. If the problem is still not addressed, buyers can contact law enforcement agencies such as the National Fraud Information Center or the Internet Fraud Complaint Center.
TheSurplus Record, an online directory, also keeps a watchful eye on any suspicious activity. When a buyer alerts the directory about a surplus dealer who is trying to sell counterfeit or misrepresented electrical equipment, theSurplus Recordwill confront the dealer, ask to see some paperwork, and pull the company's advertising if the buyer's assertion is found to be true.
“We had an advertiser who spent more than $4,000 a month with us who was caught changing nameplates on transformers,” says Tom Scanlan of theSurplus Record. “He was selling 500kVA transformers at 750kVA and 2,000KVA transformers at 2,500KVA. We asked him to take his advertising elsewhere, and he never got back in.”
Whether you're purchasing electrical equipment on eBay or through a surplus dealer's Web site, remember to always ask a lot of questions before bidding on an item and inspect the merchandise carefully upon arrival. Taking a few extra minutes to research a company and its products can save you hours of frustration, mounds of paperwork, and the expense of litigation in the long run.
How to register
VisiteBay.comand click on the button, “Register Now.”
Enter your contact information and create a user name and password.
Accept the user agreement.
Check your e-mail. eBay will send you a link that you can use to complete your registration. You can then return to the eBay home page and start bidding.
Bidding on an item
To place a bid on an auction, follow these steps:
Search for an item by typing keywords into eBay's search engine.
Select one item from the listing and preview the description.
Enter your maximum bid in the bid box at the bottom of the page.
Enter your user name and password and click the “place bid” button. eBay will then automatically bid incrementally on your behalf until it reaches your maximum bid. If you are outbid, eBay will notify you by e-mail so you have the opportunity to increase your bid before the end of the auction. If you're the winning bidder, you'll receive an e-mail alert informing you to contact the seller with your shipping address. For faster shipping, you can sign up for PayPal, an online payment service.
eBay's safe trading tips
Contractors can learn about a seller's reputation before placing a bid. Each eBay seller has an online feedback profile, which includes comments from previous buyers and a numerical rating. Sellers receive:
+1 point for each positive comment 0 points for each neutral comment -1 point for each negative comment
If the seller has a high number after their user ID, it means they've earned lots of positive feedback. If that number is extremely low, they either don't have much experience selling on eBay, or they've received negative feedback. In that case, be careful and ask a lot of questions before placing a bid.
Jacksonville Jaguars To Unveil World's Largest HD Video Displays
There’s an arms race going on out there. It’s not nuclear weapons, pitchers, or quarterbacks. No, this arms race is about the ultimate man cave item if you own a sports facility.
Yes, from ballparks, to race tracks, to football stadiums, and beyond, it’s no longer just about being able to have fans close to the action, you have to give them something that displays video on a scale that makes a zit on someone’s forehead look like Mt. Everest.
Who’s the next in line?
This Saturday at EverBank Field, the home of the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars, the club will unveil 35.5 million LEDs that will light up during the unveiling of the world’s largest HD video displays that were manufactured and installed by Daktronics (NASDAQ-DAKT) of Brookings, South Dakota. To commemorate the unveiling EverBank Field will host a friendly soccer match between Fulham F.C. and D.C. United followed by concert from country music star Carrie Underwood.
To give you an idea of the sheer size of the display, Daktronics provides this infographic showing the scale of the them in relationship to you, a car, semi, home, goal post, and yes… Washington’s face on Mt. Rushmore
Taking video displays to massive levels, Daktronics has built this behemoth that will be unveiled at EverBank Field, home of the Jacksonville Jaguars
The unveiling of the displays puts the Jags in first place (at least for the moment) as they surpass Texas Motor Speedway (who had the title beginning in March) to take the title of “World’s Biggest Screen” and beats out its second-best NFL rival the Houston Texans who unveiled their displays in August of last year when they unveiled their 14,000+ square feet display boards. The new displays will outsize the Texans displays by more than 7,000 square in the new Jaguars’ end-zone boards alone.
The question is, will anyone watch the actual game and concert, or be mesmerized by what can only be described as an HD television on steroids?
“The Jaguars have done a great job in preparing an exciting unveiling event for the world’s largest video displays,” Daktronics Vice President of Live Events Jay Parker said. “These displays will set a precedent in professional venues in terms of the fan experience and what can be witnessed by going to the stadium. The team can show a never before seen combination of content with essentially three huge HD screens on one massive LED display. It’s going to be amazing when they fire them up to host their first home football game.”
Not content with one, the unveiling will feature two massive end zone displays that each measure a massive 60 feet high by 362 feet wide and feature a 13HD pixel layout. With more than 21,700 square feet of digital canvas, each display is longer than a football field and can feature three full-size HD windows for maximum versatility during any event. A section of 60 feet high by 106 feet wide provides enough real estate for such a feat while also providing an extra 44-foot-wide buffer space for additional graphics, statistics and other content.
The 13HD technology was selected for this installation for many reasons, chief among them being the high brightness that helps overcome the Florida sunlight – especially in the direct sunlight received by the north end zone. The high contrast and wide viewing angles are unmatched in the industry for this type of product, thus providing the outstanding visual impact desired by the Jaguars for their fans.
The bottom line is, the race to have the biggest video displays are bolstering the bottom line of companies like Daktronics. Expect the title to be held by the Jacksonville Jaguars for about as long as it takes you to find that lost TV remote in the couch
An American gas and electricity company is installing a $16 million electric substation in the Amherst, a suburb of Buffalo, New York.
National Grid, which services customers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York, announced on Friday, July 11th that the new addition will improve the output to the growing population Amherst.
“This represents another major investment by National Grid to meet the ever-changing and growing needs of our customers, and Amherst continues to be a strong growth area,”said Dennis Elsenbeck, regional executive for company.
In the last five years, National Grid has committed more than $1.6 billion towards upgrading transmission and distribution network across upstate New York.
The substation is expected to be operating by August 2015.
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The United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation is currently looking into what could have been an attempt to sabotage a PG&E substation substation in San Jose, California.
In April 2013, two unidentified gunmen fired upon, and damaged, ten transformers and three transformer banks in what Foreign Policy magazine calls an attack with ‘military-style’ weapons.
The subsequent dielectric fluid leak caused the transformers to overheat and shut down, though customers were not affected by major outages and the damage was quickly repaired.
While maintaining the physical security of power grids has always been of concern to utilities, cyber security is also increasingly seen as a serious issue, with the threat of foreign attacks on power grid control systems. There are, however, critics who say that the government has focused far too much on cyber security.
“There are ways that a very few number of actors with very rudimentary equipment could take down large portions of our grid,” said John Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, at a Bloomberg event.
“I don’t think we have the level of physical security we need.”
Wellinghoff’s proposed solution would simply be to erect a metal sheet covering holes in fences, meaning potential saboteurs wishing to shoot at power equipment would simply not know where to aim.
Source: Foreign Policy Image: A PG&E substation in California, Flickr / Matthew Fern
Smart grid technology company GridSense has announced the sale of its BushingIQ line of monitoring products to Weidmann Diagnostic Solutions.
The price of the sale was not publicly released.
BushingIQ monitors insulation power factor directly on the bushing itself, even under load and in all weather, in order to provide data to anticipate bushing failure or anything which could affect the bushing’s performance.
“The BushingIQ product line is an excellent fit for Weidmann’s growing portfolio of power transformer monitoring systems. Bushings are a major cause of catastrophic transformer failure and should be a part of an overall monitoring strategy for large power and sub-station class assets,” President of Weidmann Jeff Goolgasian said in a statement.
“We believe the BushingIQ technology is the best available in the industry and we look forward to continued success with the product line.”
GridSense President Joe Musanti spoke of the sale helping to “streamline [GridSense’s] manufacturing operations” and allowing the company to focus on its core distribution transformer monitoring suite of products.
Weidmann, a Wicor company, will now manufacture BushingIQ directly under the ‘InsuLogix B’ brand.
A report into the global value of solid state transformer sales in 2020 has put the value at $5 billion (€3.6 billion).
‘Solid State (Smart) Transformer Market – Global Forecast & Analysis’ by MarketsandMarkets estimates the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) as 82.3% between 2012 and 2020, with current big players ABB, Alstom and Siemens said to be looking to invest in solid state.
Solid state transformers are far smaller and lighter than their traditional counterparts and are highly compatible with the smart grid.
“The new solid state transformers are quite flexible. They use diodes and transistors and other semiconductor-based devices (power electronics); which.. are engineered for handling high power levels and happen to be fast switching,” the report states.
“They can put out either DC or AC power, or take in DC and AC power from wind turbines and solar panels and change the frequency and voltage to what is needed for the grid.”
The Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative in Suwannee County, Florida has partially energised a new substation after seven months of planning and organisation.
The south circuit of the new substation was commissioned on November 18th and is serving 700 customers in the county.
Further circuits will be energised over the next 12 months, with an expected completion date of November 2014.
“The recently constructed substation on 185th Road will benefit the consumers in that area of the county by improving the reliability to existing consumers, as well as providing a distribution circuit to the catalyst site,” Suwannee Valley Electric Cooperative Community Relations Manager Tom Tuckey told the Suwannee Democrat.
“Along with serving the catalyst site, the substation will serve an average of 1,550 households and businesses in that area, and if necessary, it can serve 3,300 on an emergency basis.”
Austrian power testing and monitoring products manufacturer Omicron has announced the opening of a new ‘Training Center’ in Houston, Texas, which will train participants in transformer and circuit breaker testing.
The Omicron Academy in Houston features a 10 MVA power transformer, a 69 kV SF6 circuit breaker and a 15 kV vacuum breaker, a partial discharge testing area, a protective relay lab and a distribution automation training area, according to a company statement.
Omicron has training facilities all over the world, including five in Europe, two in the United States and in India, Australia, Bahrain and China, where both scheduled and customised classes are on offer, alongside online seminars (known as webinars). The company aims to train and support learners in carrying out diagnostic measurements and maintenance tests.
Organic waste from pigs on a farm in Leicestershire, UK, is helping to power an estimated 700 homes and reduce landfill waste by 18,000 tonnes each year.
The pig waste, combined with other food waste, is being used to produce biogas capable of generating the equivalent of around 1.2MW of electricity. The electricity is being exported onto the local energy grid used to power homes as well as the pig farming facility.
The technology used to convert waste into energy was designed and built by a UK company, PROjEN BioEnergy, who were honoured earlier this month by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) at its annual award ceremony to celebrate innovation and excellence in chemical engineering across the world.
Using a process called anaerobic digestion – where natural bacteria are used to treat biodegradable materials – PROjEN’s work has resulted in other major benefits. The farm’s carbon emissions have been reduced by offsetting electricity and heating consumption. Waste and by-products normally destined for landfill and incineration has been avoided.
In addition, the process produces a high quality pasteurised fertiliser, which is weed free and rich in nitrogen. Around 96 million tonnes1 of farm manures are applied to agricultural land each year in the UK, with strict controls. Pasteurisation helps to minimise the risks of food-borne diseases such as listeria and salmonella.
IChemE’s chief executive, David Brown, said: “The work of organisations like PROjEN shows the potential of chemical engineering to transform discarded waste into valuable commodities to benefit industries like farming.
“The benefits from just one farm are impressive. With an estimated four million pigs2 in the UK alone, producing millions of tonnes of by-products each year, the potential for energy production, from a sustainable source, is significant”.
The role of chemical engineers in the energy sector is explored in IChemE’s latest technical strategy, Chemical Engineering Matters. The strategy also includes actions chemical engineers are taking on other global challenges including health, water and food.
PRAGUE — There’s a lot of hand-wringing about our warming planet, but billions of people face a more immediate problem: They are desperately poor, and many cook and heat their homes using open fires or leaky stoves that burn dirty fuels like wood, dung, crop waste and coal. More
The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) announces that registration is open for the 2014 Western Region Conference. The conference will take place Jan. 20-22, 2014, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix, Ariz.
Western Region Vice President David Maxwell, California district vice president for Graybar, will lead this year’s event with the theme of “Be the Change.”
Terry Jones, founder and former CEO of Travelocity.com and Chairman of Kayak.com will present the keynote on “The Business of Innovation.” He will explore the fundamentals of innovation including how to generate great ideas, how to ‘fail fast,’ how to kill projects without killing people and how to experiment and do more with less. Once again, the NAED will kick the conference off with a full day of education, giving attendees flexibility to participate in all the industry-focused learning this event offers before launching into two days of B2B booth sessions, peer-networking groups and other relationship-building opportunities.
The NAED’s scheduled sessions will include: • “Selling Services to Increase Your Competitive Advantage…and Maybe Even Your Profitability,” by Jim Pancero, president, Jim Pancero Inc. • “What the Buying Process Looks Like Today – What Affects Purchase Decisions and Why,” by Kelly McDonald, author and marketing/advertising expert, McDonald Marketing • “Online Personal Marketing Strategies – How Your Personal Brand Can Make or Break Your Business Brand,” by Sam Richter, founder and CEO, SBR Worldwide/Know More! • “Innovation…Creating a Culture for Change,” by Louis Foreman, product development & innovation expert • “Today’s Talent, Tomorrow’s Leaders – Building an Effective Talent Management Program,” by Erika TenEyck, research and development manager, NAED • “Disaster Recovery and Prevention – Are You Really Ready? (Part 1),” by Gail Moraton, business resiliency manager, Institute for Business and Home Safety • “Disaster Recovery and Prevention – NAED Stories from the Field (Part 2),” by Gail Moraton, business resiliency manager, Institute for Business and Home Safety • “Eyes Wide Open – Investigating the Threats to Our Channel,” by Denise Keating, president, DATAgility
Visit www.naed.org/westernregionconference to register. The early bird registration deadline is Dec. 11.
Western Energy Control Solutions, the exclusive manufacturer’s representative for Lutron Products in Southern California and Walters Wholesale recently co-hosted a trip to Lutron Headquarters in Coopersburg, PA. The attendees were hand selected by Walter’s Wholesale and included 20 contractors who specialize in the energy retrofit market.
When asked about the sensors Steven Wong of Sun Industries stated “These systems are much improved to those we’ve seen in the past. Lutron is providing solutions that are useful to us – especially considering the Title 24 requirements that are forthcoming.”
The trip included a tour of nearby New York City where the contractors were able to see notable buildings such as the NY Times Building, the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty – all buildings currently controlled by Lutron products. In a well-documented case study, the New York Times facility saves over $600,000 each year by managing their lighting using Lutron control products. Details can be found at www.lutron.com/nyt.
Innovative City of Lights first in the world to deploy BuildingIQ’s Predictive Energy OptimizationTM to deliver energy savings in award-winning, LEED Gold city hall and other public buildings
San Francisco, CA, November 14, 2013 - BuildingIQ, a leading energy management software company, announces that the City of Las Vegas is the first city in the world to deploy its cloud-based energy management system broadly for optimized power consumption. The deployment is part of utility NV Energy’s ground-breaking mPowered program. By utilizing BuildingIQ’s optimization software, Las Vegas has become the first major city in the country to leverage this type of energy management solution to achieve meaningful energy savings, while reducing strain on the power grid. It also enables Las Vegas to lay the foundation for creating a fully integrated Smart City.
BuildingIQ’s Predictive Energy OptimizationTM software learns a building’s HVAC energy patterns to predict consumption. Based on these predictions and electronic signals sent directly from NV Energy, the cloud-based system automatically optimizes energy usage and manages DR events, all while maintaining occupant comfort.
By enrolling in the mPowered program and participating in DR events, Las Vegas will be able to benefit from access to the software and the resulting energy reductions. BuildingIQ’s software not only delivers measurable energy and peak load savings, but provides the City of Las Vegas with insights and detailed tracking of the performance of its buildings. In addition, the software can be deployed and deliver results in a wide variety of building types and sizes. This makes it the perfect solution for the City of Las Vegas’ diverse portfolio, which includes its award winning, LEED Gold city hall.
“Sustainability is one of the core values for our city,” said Tom Perrigo, chief sustainability officer for the city of Las Vegas. “We are proud to be participating in NV Energy’s unique program which aims to significantly reduce our carbon footprint. The early results from BuildingIQ’s Predictive Energy OptimizationTM solution have been fantastic and we look forward to seeing wide deployment through our city and the state.”
“The mPowered program, using BuildingIQ’s software, is an excellent example of how a technology vendor, city government, utility and multiple building mangers can come together in order to begin to create a Smart City,” said Ruthbea Yenser Clarke, Research Director, global Smart Cities Strategies at IDC. “This program provides a win-win situation for the stakeholders and creates operational efficiency for all parties. We’ll start to see a wider adoption of these types of initiatives as they prove successful and people become educated about the tangible benefits.”
“Through the Demand Response Partnership Program, USGBC is working with those in the commercial building industry and the energy industry to find solutions that benefit both sides of the grid and the environment,” said Brendan Owens, VP LEED Technical Development, U.S. Green Building Council. “We are pleased to be working with NV Energy and their mPowered program to help drive demand response in LEED buildings such as the City of Las Vegas’ LEED Gold City Hall.”
“Demand response can play a pivotal role in meeting the City of Las Vegas’ energy needs without relying on fossil fuel power plants that pollute our air and consume the state’s much-needed water resources,” said Jim Marston, vice president of Environmental Defense Fund’s US Climate and Energy Program. “EDF applauds the City of Las Vegas for taking an innovative, dynamic energy management approach that will spur economic growth, cleaner air and a safer climate for all Nevadians.”
“The City of Las Vegas is proof that automated energy management can be extremely successful in large-scale implementations and help to overcome some of the barriers that are associated with developing a Smart City,” said Michael Nark, president & CEO of BuildingIQ. “They are already one of the most water-smart cities in the country and are now becoming one of the most energy efficient. The initiatives that have been put into place are turning it into a beacon of sustainability.”
BuildingIQ is a leading provider of advanced energy management software that actively predicts and manages HVAC loads in commercial buildings. As the only supplier of patent-pending Predictive Energy Optimizationtm technology, BuildingIQ’s cloud-based solution is powering energy and operational savings in buildings across the globe with reductions in HVAC energy costs by as much as 25 percent. BuildingIQ delivers measureable results and has received backing from tier one industry leaders including Aster Capital (backed by Schneider Electric, Alstom and Solvay), the Venture Capital unit of Siemens Financial Services (SFS VC), Paladin Capital and the Energy Division of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).
The electric utility industry is evolving to a smart grid future. We know the direction in which the grid is evolving and its key themes: The future grid will incorporate a much higher percentage of renewable resources and energy storage devices. Its distribution system will allow two-way power flows to incorporate these new technologies. Customers will have detailed information about their services and interact directly with their power companies. And a sophisticated overlay of communications and computing technologies will be employed to manage the grid.
While the evolution to this future is clearly under way, the industry must address three key issues if it wants to guide the evolution and accelerate its pace. In my opinion, the industry needs to 1) use more holistic approaches when solving grid problems; 2) commit substantially more spending on grid-related R&D; and 3) support technology advancements with policies that facilitate technology implementation.
I would like to explain the importance of these issues and suggest approaches for tackling each of them.
1) Pursue holistic solutions to smart grid problems
The smart grid is the integrator of all technologies, new and old, which will be part of the system. Millions of components that are electrically connected form the grid. Therefore, it's not possible to solve the grid’s problems without looking at the grid as a system and in a holistic way. Government and industry need to recognize this.
Similarly, organizations cannot work on grid problems in piecemeal fashion. Changes made to the distribution side of a smart grid will impact the transmission side, and vice versa. Changing the percentage of renewable energy in the system will impact the operational stability of the whole grid.
Electricity system research at the Department of Energy (DoE) illustrates this issue and how it can be addressed. Like many research organizations, DoE has been organized by individual R&D units that conduct research on wind generation, customer rooftop solar systems, microgrids, or the integration of commercial building systems, for example. Traditionally, there has been little coordination between these units, yet these activities really are tightly related to one another and the work must be coordinated to serve an overall strategy. DoE recognized this need and in 2011 it formed a Grid Tech Team to clarify its smart grid vision and coordinate the department’s current and future research to serve this vision. The team’s work should help the agency improve the effectiveness of its smart grid research.
All research organizations in the private and public sectors should learn from this example and seek ways to guide their research more holistically, in my opinion.
2) Invest more in grid-related R&D
The United States leads the world in the conceptual development of the smart grid but in my opinion, moving from concept to reality has been difficult. One factor is the huge investment needed to modernize the grid. Another factor is that we are not spending enough on grid-related research to be able to quickly integrate all the new technologies we are developing.
For example, DoE’s grid-related R&D is less than 10% of the agency’s electric energy R&D. This proportion is too small to solve the grid issues involved in integrating new technologies. The European Union, for comparison, spends a higher proportion on grid-related research, and China even significantly more.
The power industry also needs to establish grid innovation as a primary R&D goal. Currently the industry focuses its R&D on technologies like wind and solar rather than the grid. This is shortsighted. Certainly we need wind and solar and federal and state subsidies have also encouraged this, but power companies have not lobbied sufficiently for grid research. Consequently, policymakers and funding entities assume that grid-related research is either unimportant or not that difficult, and this is not the case.
3) Strengthen the link between technology R&D and policymaking
The interrelationship between technology R&D and policymaking is very significant, especially in such a highly regulated enterprise as the country’s power system. Yet the link between technology and policy is weak right now, making it very difficult for industry to turn its R&D into actual deployments. Just a small number of technical people have a say in the policy arena, and this is not good. Lack of informed technical input into the policymaking process often creates policies that are based on expectations that cannot be met. Policymaking would be much more effective if more technical people were involved instead of just politicians, lawyers, and economists.
For example, the Obama administration has been keen to increase the amount of renewable energy on the power grid. But we have seen that increases in wind generation in the northwest, for example, have created new difficulties in coordinating the availability of wind with available water resources. This was not anticipated and illustrates how regulations can be implemented without actually considering technical issues that might crop up.
The interrelationship is recognized by both federal and state governments but the fragmented regulatory system in the U.S. makes it difficult to facilitate the required changes in policies. Moreover, closing the gap between technological progress and institutional issues will require closer coordination between the researchers and the policymakers. I think you'll see more of this taking place. The Grid Tech Team at DoE, for example, has recommended that the department’s R&D should work hand-in-hand with policy to push the grid forward. Private industry should follow this lead and step up its efforts to get involved with policymaking organizations.
Anjan Bose, an IEEE Smart Grid Technical Expert and an IEEE Fellow, is well-known for his research on the operation and control of the electric power grid. He is a Regents professor and distinguished professor of electric power engineering at Washington State University. Recently, he served as a senior advisor to the undersecretary of energy at the Department of Energy and as a member of DOE’s Grid Tech Team.
From homes to businesses to utilities, the paradigm of energy is shifting, said Bill Ritter, former governor of Colorado and founding director of the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University.
As utilities weigh new sources of energy, they always have to grapple with what kind of global impact they'll have, Ritter said.
"There's no energy resource in the world that doesn't have a lot of environmental impact," he said.
Ritter spoke Wednesday at the University of Tulsa, hosted by the Collins College of Business.
Before he was elected governor in 2006, the Colorado Legislature was deadlocked on a potential issue to require the state's utilities to provide 10 percent of their electricity from alternative energy sources such as wind, solar and geothermal by 2020 while increasing electricity bills by less than 2 percent. Eventually, the measure was put on the ballot and passed by popular vote.
Ritter, a Democrat, said that when he came into office, it became apparent that the utilities were on track to meet the goal five years early, so the alternative-energy goal was increased to 20 percent. Later it was increased again to 30 percent with the encouragement of the utilities, and it had no impact on utility bills, he said.
Ritter said one utility recently announced even more wind power incorporation beyond the 30 percent requirement.
"They said, 'We're not doing it because of the standard, because we've met that. We're doing this because it's economical.' "
Ritter said increasing amounts of electricity production via natural gas is another big shift, because the use of properly extracted gas greatly reduces the amount of nitrogen dioxide and mercury released from power plants compared with using coal. This, in turn, eliminates mercury pollution in lakes and streams.
However, relatively new hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" techniques have caused huge amounts of controversy. Ritter said he's in favor of introducing more regulations into the industry.
"We think it's important as an industry to have strong compliance," he said.
Ritter acknowledged that his position on fracking regulation puts him at the center of the debate. While various production companies claim any regulations will put an end to their business, many municipalities across the country have voted to ban fracking entirely within their city limits, and several states are considering statewide bans.
Ritter said natural gas production could be the key to increasing domestic energy production overall.
Allied Wire & Cable, family-owned and operated specialty manufacturer and distributor of wire and cable, has joined forces with Philadelphia-area non-profit, Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS) to provide scholarships to students of local Catholic schools. With Allied’s donation of $250,000, BLOCS was able to award more than one hundred scholarships to students in need.
Back-to-school is a hectic time for most families, but for those struggling financially, this time of year can be far more stressful than it is for others. A good education is something that Allied Wire & Cable owners believe should be available to everyone, regardless of finances. That’s why Allied has teamed up with non-profit organization, Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS) to provide scholarships to students that would otherwise be unable to afford a private education at Pope John Paul II High School and other Catholic schools in the Philadelphia area.
With a total donation of $250,000 from the owners of Allied, BLOCs was able to award more than one hundred scholarships to students in need at Philadelphia area schools, including Pope John Paul II High School, Presentation BVM, Holy Rosary Regional, and St. Francis of Assisi.
At Pope John Paul II High School, where students received $150,000 of Allied Wire & Cable’s donation, the average student’s tuition and fees for activities such as afterschool sports add up to $7,000 – $10,000 per year. With the help of BLOCS and Allied’s generosity, students were awarded anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000 to help cover these school expenses.
Started in 1980 by Philadelphia business leaders, BLOCS has assisted tens of thousands of families with children attending school through the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The organization emphasizes the benefits of a high quality, values-based education, and raises millions of dollars every year to support student scholarships, urban school endowment funds, and best practices advising for Philadelphia schools.
Allied has made a two year commitment to the BLOCS program, and will be making another $250,000 donation next year. Tim Flynn, co-owner and President of Allied Wire and Cable was also offered a position on Pope John Paul II High School’s advisory board.
Of Allied’s work with BLOCS and Pope John Paul II High School, Flynn says, “We always try to do as much as we can to give back to our community, but with this year being Allied’s 25th anniversary, we wanted to do something really big. With BLOCS, we’ve been able to help over a hundred kids receive a good education at schools like Pope John Paul II. The stories we’ve heard about the students are very touching and it’s great to hear how we’re making a difference in their lives.”
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Report lays out collective path for governments, industry, and finance
World Energy Council issued a 10-point action plan for how governments, industry, and key decision-makers should refocus their efforts and resources to achieve real progress in resolving the energy trilemma.
The report, “World Energy Trilemma: Time to get real – the agenda for change”, was launched as the world’s energy leaders gather in South Korea for the World Energy Congress. It provides a detailed guide to creating a global policy framework that addresses the energy trilemma: energy security, energy equity, and environmental sustainability.
The report is the culmination of the findings of a two-year World Energy Council study, “World Energy Trilemma”, conducted with Oliver Wyman, the management consulting firm. Recommendations from the past two years of study were the result of interviews with over 100 energy leaders in 41 countries, including chief executives, ministers, and heads of development banks.
Joan MacNaughton, Executive Chair of the WEC’s World Energy Trilemma studies, said: “Governments face a daunting challenge to deliver secure, affordable and environmentally sustainable energy services. How well they meet it has a fundamental bearing on the social and economic prospects of their countries. Over the last two years our World Energy Trilemma study has identified what governments and energy leaders believe is needed to balance the energy trilemma.
“These leaders say they are ready to act now, but acknowledge that they need more guidance and support. Our analysis provides the basis for countries to assess their political and institutional risk, and our new ‘Agenda for Change’ report describes how they can mitigate such risk and unlock the investment to deliver the required energy infrastructure. This subject will be the core of discussions between government and business leaders at the World Energy Congress’.
The WEC’s 10-point Agenda for Change action plan includes:
Action 1: Connect the energy trilemma to the broader national agenda
Action 2: Provide leadership to build consensus – nationally and globally
Action 3: Improve policymaker dialogue
Action 4: Increase engagement with the financial community
Action 5: Minimise policy and regulatory risk and ensure optimal risk allocation
Action 6: Adopt market-based approaches to carbon pricing to drive investments
Action 7: Design transparent, flexible and dynamic pricing frameworks
Action 8: Drive (green) trade liberalisation
Action 9: Meet the need for more research, development & demonstration (RD&D)
Action 10: Encourage joint pre-commercial industry initiatives, including early large-scale demonstration and deployment.
According to the report, addressing strong demand growth, widening access to the 1.2 billion people currently not served by energy grids, and balancing the upgrade of ageing infrastructure with environmentally progressive systems requires investment and coordination on an unprecedented scale. However, the impact of shale gas discoveries in more than 40 countries, cost breakthroughs in certain renewable technologies, and increasing the efficiency of transport, construction and household energy use could enable communities to live and work within a widely more sustainable energy landscape.
The report calls for better consultation and coordination between policymakers, industry, consumers and developers to create a sustainable energy framework that has the support of all stakeholders.
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), commented at the launch of the report at the World Energy Congress: “The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change clearly sounded the alarm that greenhouse gas emissions will cause tremendous and irreversible harm to the economies of the world if not quickly curbed. The good news is that the money, technology and policy tools to shift the current emissions trajectory and steer humanity out of the danger zone are available. The Trilemma report demonstrates that a sustainable energy future is possible if all of these tools are deployed quickly and at scale. It also shows a strong willingness to act by the energy sector. I recommend that governments look closely at the report and act on its conclusions, which will strengthen the outcome of the 2015 global climate agreement and raise immediate ambition to curb greenhouse gases.”
Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council, said: “We stand on the verge of a genuinely more sustainable energy future. Technology is developing at an unparalleled pace and could unlock new opportunities to meet the needs of consumers and businesses. But daunting challenges remain. Our Agenda for Change provides new hope for the world’s energy leaders to redouble their collective efforts to put the policies and plans in place that will create a global sustainable energy framework.”
John Drzik, CEO of Oliver Wyman, project partner to the WEC on the Trilemma studies, said: “Economic growth requires sustainable energy, and sustainable energy requires sustainable policy. Our study with the World Energy Council shows that many countries have made huge strides, but all need to do more. Business and political leaders need to work together to shape long-term energy policies which reduce risk and create a more favourable environment for energy investment.”
The publication of the report follows the launch last month of the WEC study, “World Energy Trilemma: Time to get real – the case for sustainable energy investment”, and its 2013 Energy Sustainability Index.
Further information on the World Energy Trilemma studies, together with the Agenda for Change and the Energy Sustainability Index, can be downloaded on: www.worldenergy.org/publications.
Wasatch Electric proudly announces that 225+ of its construction workers are wearing EMCOR Pink Hard Hats at job sites the entire month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in a “Call to Action” supporting breast cancer screening and awareness as part of EMCOR’s “Protect Yourself. Get Screened Today” Campaign. A market leader in electrical contracting, Wasatch Electric is a subsidiary of EMCOR Group, Inc.
Wasatch Electric branded Pink Hard Hats will be seen by thousands of people as its employees work in many locations, such as Brigham Young University Life Science Building, Rocky Mountain Power’s Lake Side Power Plant, as well as numerous smaller jobs and service projects. Wasatch Electric employees are joined by thousands of other EMCOR employees coast to coast who are also wearing Pink Hard Hats during October at hundreds of construction sites—ranging from hospitals, roadways, malls, and high tech companies, to universities, military bases, and hotels.
The “multiplier effect” continues, as thousands of more people are reached with the “Protect Yourself. Get Screened Today” message as the Pink Hard Hats go home each night with EMCOR’s employees and is seen by spouses, daughters, sisters, neighbors, friends, etc.
Additionally, Wasatch Electric service vehicles, plus EMCOR’s fleet of 7,000+ service vehicles, are displaying Pink Hard Hat posters carrying the “Protect Yourself. Get Screened Today.” message to millions more people throughout streets coast to coast the entire month of October.
“We’re delighted to be participating in EMCOR’s 5th consecutive year of conducting this national initiative,” stated Tim Homer, President, Wasatch Electric. “Our employees wear hard hats on a daily basis for personal protection, and we’re proud of their commitment to wear an EMCOR Pink Hard Hat throughout October to raise awareness for breast cancer and how women and men can help to protect themselves by getting screened.”
Substation transformer maintenance has experienced changes over recent years. These changes are a result of a continued growth in overall technical knowledge and growing technologies such as online monitors, but not all market segments are affected equally. In the current economic conditions, the need for a well-planned and comprehensive strategy for substation transformer maintenance is even more important than in the past.
There are several noteworthy factors responsible for the ongoing challenges of implementing best practices in substation transformer testing and maintenance including the aging population of transformers and ancillary equipment such as circuit-switchers, bushings, reactors, circuit breakers and insulators; the accelerated retirements of transformer experts, coupled with the lack of experience and specialized transformer maintenance skills in the next generation of electrical engineers; and, short-term planning and cash flow considerations taking precedence over long-term planning and capital investment of substation equipment. In other words, we have seen budgets cut and maintenance programs reduced.
Although many substations have benefitted from new technological advancements in testing and maintenance, many technological drawbacks and “not-so-best” practices still exist.
Have transformer testing and maintenance standards and procedures adapted to accommodate the changes in transformers and ancillary equipment at substations? It’s a work in progress, but by being aware of some of the “best” and “not-so-best” practices and attributes of electrical equipment testing and maintenance, effectiveness on the job can be raised.