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See how Eaton helps utilities think beyond today to make the grid smarter, maximize efficiency and address complex challenges—all while protecting systems, people and the environment.

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White papers

Optimized overcurrent protection for pad-mounted, liquid-filled transformers
Understanding protection methods for the impact of overcurrents on equipment.
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The basics on upgrading and automating small hydroelectric generating plants.

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Learn system basics, C-HRG technical information, and adjustment procedures.

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Practical application and performance of vacuum circuit breakers in the 5000A range for hydro plants.

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The grid will continue to become a more dynamic environment that will require ever-smarter apparatus, faster communications and automation systems to maintain stability and power quality.

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Enhance the protection of generators and turbines, while saving millions.

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A grounding innovation that delivers the benefits of high resistance grounded systems and offers a unique solution for locating the fault.

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Understanding the proposed efficiency standards for distribution transformers.

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Comparing generator circuit breakers and standard distribution breakers.

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Common controls and self-healing systems that offer practical solutions for every utility.

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Key security features and practices to consider in order to meet industry-recommended standards and best practices.

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Understanding protection methods for the impact of overcurrents on equipment.

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OSHA has recently added a new regulation: “Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution and Electrical Protective Equipment.” This paper will outline the background of the changes and offer best practices for how you can make your business safer by protecting against arc flash hazards.

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This paper discusses the technologies and standards of The Internet of Things (IoT) and compares them to those already in use in the energy sector. It also discusses the challenges that have been identified during Smart Grid projects and identifies some opportunities offered by the IoT and its underlying technologies.

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SCADA systems not only support large utility systems but can also be beneficial to smaller utilities. Learn more about how to implement them and the technical considerations and requirements.

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Understanding protection methods for the impact of overcurrents on equipment.

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Learn about the many solutions modular substations provide compared to conventional unit substations.

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Don’t wait until it’s too late. This white paper provides insight and useful information on how to plan and recover from an electrical crisis, which will help to lessen the impact of system failures.

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Learn more about how Eaton is helping utilities quickly replace legacy RTU systems with a more modern, secure and cost-effective solution.

 

Videos

 

Additional video

Portland General Electric Smart Center Tour

Eaton collaboration helped form the hub of one of the most advanced electrical systems in the nation.

 

Infographics and top ten lists

Cybersecurity
Microgrid systems
Discover the protection and peace of mind that microgrids can offer your utility.
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Learn why microgrids matter to your utility.

money
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The brave new world of hyper-connected utilities and industrial applications.

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Why arc flashes occur—and nine other things you need to know about the risk of arc flash.

5 steps
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5 Steps for developing a pre-crisis response program.

 

Customer stories

Portland General Electric
Eaton helps Portland General Electric make tomorrow's smart grid a reality
Silicon Valley Power
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Eaton gains Silicon Valley Power’s confidence by enabling them to provide reliable power to customers.

IOU
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Eaton's Cooper Power series Yukon feeder automation solutions help develop an adaptable and responsive infrastructure.

hydro facility
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Eaton’s complete overhaul of the controls systems enhances the ability of the utility to remotely monitor the condition and status of the generating plant.

European power plant
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RWE looked to Eaton technology for its low-voltage substations to minimize the risk of arc flash incidents.

automation and protection systems
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Eaton was awarded a turnkey contract as the electrical & control equipment contractor to design, supply and install the upgraded protection and control systems for the facility.

sustainable energy harvest
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Utility monitors real-time voltage, watts and VARs to manage high and low voltage limits during peak operations.

generation protection and control systems
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The objective of this turnkey project was to upgrade the generation protection and control systems, automate the facility, provide remote operation from central dispatch and improve asset protection to increase reliability.

Hydroelectric generating station
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Hydroelectric generating station receives upgrade to 40-year old electrical infrastructure.

Hydroelectric facility upgrades
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Eaton was selected to provide a new electrical infrastructure for the plant which had not been in operation for 14 years.

hydro generation plans
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Large, federally run hydropower dam in the U.S. Pacific Northwest.

Hydro generation facility
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This project consisted of replacing many of the control systems while keeping the main infrastructure in place.

Aging hydro plant
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Small hydro generating facility in the U.S. Northeast.

Portland General Electric
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Eaton’s power systems engineering expertise and industry-leading solutions helped PGE advance their electrical infrastructure and test new smart grid technologies with business and residential customers.

St. Clairesville
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An Ohio city upgrades its electric and water monitoring systems for a more intelligent utility service that enhances customer service, outage support and demand response.

Centro Elettromeccanico Bassanese
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Design, wiring, testing and commissioning time was reduced by up to 85 percent and SmartWire-DT enabled installation of a cogeneration plant with a large number of motor starters in a quick and simple manner.

Tata steel
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State of the art medium voltage switchgear solution a first in the Netherlands.

Mooresville Public Utility
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Eaton provided the SC9000 EP in order to keep this towns 800 hp pumps up and running without affecting the operation or efficiency of the redundant plant.

Jemez Mountains Electric Cooperative
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Eaton modular integrated transportable substation (MITS) and turnkey engineering helped electric cooperative with designing, building and commissioning to deliver high-quality, affordable power.

Ruston, Louisiana
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The city of Ruston was able to improve their metering infrastructure for their electric and water systems while minimizing time and labor costs.

 

Training

 

Additional resources

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