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Eaton helps utility customers reduce wildfire risk with expansive solutions designed to fortify the grid now and into the future

January 28, 2020

 

  • Electric utilities worldwide are using intelligent solutions to examine grid performance and reduce wildfire risk
  • Eaton is showcasing leading-edge solutions helping utilities expand fire prevention efforts at 2020 DistribuTECH Conference, January 28 to 30

PITTSBURGH, PA … Power management company Eaton announced today it is working with utilities to fortify the grid against the wildfire threats. The company’s comprehensive approach includes immediate methods for reducing risk over wide areas, cutting-edge technologies to support smarter and more resilient power distribution, and research and development investments that will advance modernization through innovative and field-proven strategies.

Fortifying the electric grid against the threat of wildfires has never been more important. Research shows wildfires impacted an average of 7.6 million acres across the U.S. each year  from 2014 to 2018. Utilities are accelerating wildfire prevention efforts. Speed, intelligence and cost-efficiency are critical enablers of a more resilient grid. 

“Combatting wildfires is a critical concern across the U.S. and around the world,” said Jon Wehrli, president, Power Systems, Eaton. “To help address this challenge, we’re working directly with utilities to implement site-ready solutions that strengthen the electric grid.”

Eaton’s traditional and widely used solutions for utility distribution systems, including fuses, switchgear, transformers and voltage arrestors are being widely deployed for wildfire mitigation. For example, Eaton is helping utilities replace traditional fuses that can cause a spark when they interrupt a fault with industry-exclusive expulsion-free fuses or fuses that incorporate containment technology. Additionally, Eaton underground power system solutions including switchgear can help utilities reduce risk by moving  electric power lines underground.  

Further, Eaton is helping utilities have better insight into grid performance through intelligent solutions that improve grid automation and control through high-fidelity data, analytics and the ability to remotely isolate areas with high risk. These solutions include: 

  • CYME software solutions that are now in use by all the major utilities in California to provide intelligence into grid conditions
  • GridAdvisor optical sensors that provide unparalleled accuracy and precision of both voltage and current monitoring
  • Intelligent reclosers and relays designed to automate grid isolation and management to mitigate imminent risks 

Eaton also continues to invest in research and development efforts to advance grid modernization and address climate change. In partnership with utilities, government organizations, research labs and industry organizations, Eaton is innovating, testing and deploying new approaches to complex customer challenges. For example, Eaton is pursuing research and development initiatives that enable enhanced grid services and improve reliability in distribution systems with high solar penetration. 

To learn more about how Eaton is helping utilities create a more resilient electric grid, visit Eaton.com/gridmodernization or visit our experts at DistribuTECH 2020 in San Antonio, Booth 3008, January 28 to 30. 

Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.

Eaton is a power management company with 2018 sales of $21.6 billion. We provide energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton is dedicated to improving the quality of life and the environment through the use of power management technologies and services. Eaton has approximately 101,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit Eaton.com.

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