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DER: Battery Storage

  Authored by: Paula Beleno-Ortiz As more utilities embrace DER and bring more solar and wind generation into their systems, they may include battery storage systems in their plans. Categorized as another type of DER, battery storage facilities are one mechanism that help all other DER and alternative power connections become as efficient and beneficial […]

DER: Protecting Our Future

By: Paula Beleno-Ortiz As the cost for traditional base load increases while cost for solar and wind power continues to decrease, more and more utilities are looking for ways to expand into alternative energy sources. Combined with the rise in DER, utilities have more choices than ever as we all move forward. Using DER to […]

Benefits and Opportunities of DER

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are well over 12 million distributed energy resources (DER) connected to the grid right now with plans to keep adding more. Utilities are developing a clearer direction of how to plan for future DER growth and take advantage of present day opportunities. When we look […]

Fastest Growing DER within the Utility Industry

Authored By: Paula Beleno-Ortiz Distributed Energy Resources, or DER, are power generation or energy storage systems used to provide an alternative source of electricity or enhance the traditional power grid. DER can generate electricity using any primary fuel, although they often involve clean or renewable energy sources. DER includes systems that store energy, such as […]

What is NEC 240.87?

Originally introduced in 2011, the National Electrical Code (NEC) Section 240.87 was developed to reduce clearing times when a circuit breaker without an instantaneous trip unit was installed. This section was titled “Non-Instantaneous Trip.” Later, in the 2014 revision cycle, the NEC changed this section to “Arc Energy Reduction,” and the scope was slightly changed. […]

Transmission Planning – Outsource the Process, Leave Time for Analysis

  Written By: Marilyn Ramirez, Business Development Manager Over the years, transmission planning has become more complex. We often see new regulations enacted in response to real world events or to keep up with changing trends in the industry. From NERC standards ensuring the quality of reliability study assessments to standards requiring our awareness of […]

Introduction to Arc Flash Basics

Arc-flash incidents are one of the most common and most serious hazards we face in the electrical power industry. An arc flash is the sudden release of energy caused by an electrical fault, arcing in air from one conductor to another or to ground. Arc-flash incidents are normally caused by the failure of equipment with […]

NERC PRC-005 Best Practices

NERC PRC-005 is one of the most essential standards to ensure the safety and reliability of your bulk electric system. Originally adopted in February 2005, NERC PRC-005 continues to establish documentation programs and a maintenance schedule for all protection systems. This includes automatic reclosing and sudden pressure relaying which must function properly to maintain your […]

Considerations from your Partner in Power – Excitation Upgrades and NERC PRC-019

Are you considering installing or upgrading your facility’s excitation system or do you have plans for an AVR upgrade in your budget? Just like older relays or meters, excitation systems become obsolete and need replaced. An upgraded excitation system allows for all the modern microprocessor benefits such as event records, flexible logic and monitoring and […]

Our People, Our Strength, Our Power

By: Kristy Swegheimer, Executive VP of Human Resources Qualus Power Services is proud to announce our commitment to diversity by introducing our Diversity for All steering committee. Read more on our website http://www.qualuspowerservices.com #OneQualus #DiversityForAll There is an increased fervor about equality happening right now. Protests calling for police reform, thought leaders speaking out about […]