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North American Power Update newsletter | November 2019

Power Update


Undeniable FACTS – Bringing stable, reliable power to 3 million homes

With the help of ABB’s SVC Light STATCOM technology, AVANGRID was able to deliver more voltage stability, reducing the risk of power interruptions for the Coopers Mill substation near Windsor, Maine. This is part of AVANGRID’s multi-billion-dollar effort to make its electrical grid servicing in New York, Maine and other parts of New England safer, more reliable, and more storm resilient. See how they did it using ABB’s FACTS technology.  


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When the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage power plant lost one of its four main generator circuit breakers (GCBs) in late 2018, the summer peak season was many months away. However, the Operations team at NYPA knew that with a repair of this magnitude, time was of the essence. Especially in warmer months, GCBs are vital, protecting key equipment such as transformers by clearing potential harmful short-circuit faults. See how fast action allowed ABB to get the plant back up and running, avoiding a summer meltdown.   

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Poor power quality is not a new problem. Momentary outages have occurred for years, but they were not so easily perceived because electrical equipment was less sensitive to such brief outages in the power system. However, with the growth of electronics in the industrial and consumer segments, poor power quality has become more visible. Download this brochure to learn ways to improve power quality with the right analysis tools and solutions.

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CenterPoint Energy sought to upgrade its distribution network in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, so they used ABB’s technology to create an intelligent “self-healing” grid to quickly identify, isolate and restore power outages for its 2.4 million customers in southeast Texas.

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White papers

It’s no secret that the power generation mix is changing. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, coal accounted for 52% of electric power produced in 2000 in the United States, but is projected to drop to 34% by 2040 as coal-fired generation units are retired in increasing numbers. Download this paper to learn how an increasingly diversified power generation mix can affect transmission grid stability and how transmission grid operators can mitigate the risks to keep the power flowing.

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Solutions for a stronger, more reliable grid

Check out our latest solutions to enhance the flexibility, quality and reliability of your power grid.

A FACTS solution to help you deal with increasing loads and fluctuations in generation patterns, while having to satisfy higher requirements for grid stability and power quality.


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Generator Circuit Breakers
GCBs increase protection of key equipment like transformers to provide higher plant availability, simplify operational procedures and reduce costs.


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Outage Management Software
From creation to restoration, ABB's outage management software provides utilities with tools to manage key business processes in the outage management lifecycle. 


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