Written by Guest Blogger, Michele Hix, Vice President, Sales – West Region, USA.
The power just went out. Is your phone ringing off the hook?
This week we saw widespread weather-related power outages across the northeast United States. PG&E issued a preemptive outage in California just days ago to reduce the risk of wildfire. No, you aren’t imagining it. Power outages due to the U.S.’ aging infrastructure, whether intentional or not, are on the rise.
As a contractor, when the lights go out, you probably get calls — lots of them, asking how quickly you can prepare a home for a generator.
And that makes sense. Generators are the go-to solution for your customers looking to keep the power on. However, your electrical expertise is essential for installation, particularly when it comes to choosing how to connect the generator to an existing electrical panel.
The two most common connection options for a generator are interlock kits and split bus panels. Let’s discuss the pros and cons ..

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Earlier in October, proactive grid shutdowns left millions without power in the San Francisco Bay Area. And just a couple days ago, a “bomb cyclone” knocked out power throughout the Northeast.
Across the U.S., the combination of extreme weather, aging infrastructure, and rising energy demand are placing greater stress on an ever-shakier grid. For hospitals, data centers, and industrial plants that have critical power needs, the time has come for action. It’s time to reconsider the way we produce, transmit, and consume energy.
Microgrids are a practical, proven solution to grid outages. So why haven’t critical facility owners scrambled to build them? The answer lies in two misconceptions, which I’ll clear up in this post.
Misconception #1: Microgrids are too expensive.
When I speak about microgrids to people who run critical facilities, they often ask me about affordability. For years, microgrids were financially out of reach for many. They were often custom-built using an array of ..

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Written by Guest Blogger, Richard Korthauer, VP, Home and Distribution Business.
Last week’s intentional power shut-offs across parts of California may have prevented devastating wildfires. However, they left homeowners wondering when — not if — it’s going to happen again.
Climate change, natural disasters, and growing power demands are putting pressure on our aging electrical grid. These factors and more are contributing to an increase in power outages across the United States.
If you’re worried about the next outage, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there are good options in the market that will help you keep your home powered during outages. Let’s explore three ways you can ensure your home’s power stays on, regardless of what’s happening with the electrical grid.
One problem. Three solutions.
Prepare for the next outage by weighing the pros and cons of short-term versus long-term fixes.
1) Short-term: portable generators
Let’s start with portable generators: a quick and easy ..

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Complexity has always been an issue in running IT infrastructure, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. If anything, judging from new downtime statistics, the introduction of new technologies could be adding to the problem. Thankfully, remote monitoring tools such as next-generation DCIM (data center infrastructure management) have become easier to use and, as such, provide a solution to the complexity problem.
More than half of IT mission-critical workloads are still running in enterprise data centers, but environments increasingly consist of hybrids with components distributed across multiple corporate locations, public and private clouds, data centers, and edge sites. In many cases visibility is poor, making it impossible to track all components from a central location. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what happens then — a veritable management nightmare that has administrators clamoring for tools to help rein everything in.
A new study by the Uptime Institute shows ..

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In my last post in this two-post series, we looked briefly at the operational benefits of IoT-enabled electrical power distribution systems. We also learned why cybersecurity management is becoming an increasingly critical requirement as the number of IoT devices continues to grow, and IT and operational technology (OT) networks continue to converge. One only needs to look at examples like the 2015 cyberattack on the Ukranian power grid to appreciate the potential for widespread damage – in that single incident, 225,000 customers lost power.
Putting a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy in place can seem like a daunting task, especially for facility operations teams that aren’t as versed in the subject as IT teams are. Fortunately the IEC 62443 standard can help make the process simpler. In this post we’ll take an introductory look at how this works.
Bringing IT and OT teams together To tackle cybersecurity challenges in electrical systems, it’s important that IT and OT teams collab..

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Companies of all stripes are rushing into digital transformation efforts in order to take advantage of all kinds of benefits, including streamlining processes to save time and money. The data center industry is no different, and an analysis of data centers that Schneider Electric’s Critical Facility Operations team manages for two different companies shows moving to a digitized data center operations platform resulted in hundreds of hours of labor savings and a 17% reduction in costs.
The savings came after each company’s data center operations team transitioned from paper-based systems to a fully digital facility operations platform that provided numerous benefits, including:
Reducing the time it takes to complete tasks Increasing consistency in operations Reducing the potential for human error Improving the quality of data The setup: data center configuration While we can’t name the companies in question, the first company’s data centers include one 6,000 square-foot production dat..

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In honor of National Boss’s Day on October 16th, what better time to share a few valuable insights I’ve learned over the years from amazing leaders, managers and mentors who helped to influence my career. All the lessons learned are those that I still apply in my everyday leadership approach, in my role as VP of Talent Acquisition for Schneider Electric. So, in no particular order, here goes…
1) Encourage talents to spread their wings and fly… abroad
I can’t underestimate the importance of supporting professional development of all levels. Early on in my career, I was coached to take time to perfect my craft and to work on my brand. Even if I didn’t have it all figured out, I was urged to sort through what I knew I didn’t want to be “when I grew up” vs what I did.
I was too early on in my career to see it at the time, but this coaching and self-exploration was crucial in helping me learn to trust my instincts. I was encouraged to own my career, move abroad (across the Atlantic for t..

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Imagine if we removed 100 million cars from the road. Eliminating those 10% of passenger vehicles would reduce CO2 emissions by a whopping 350 megatons per year. No doubt that would be a valuable weapon in our arsenal to fight the climate crisis.
But what if we could make that same healthy environmental impact without disrupting our daily lives? That’s exactly what’s behind the development and adoption of new switchgear technology, which allows electricity companies and building managers to wage war on global heating and slash their carbon footprint.
What and where is SF6? Electrical power systems use switchgear, which are circuit interruption devices that control the flow of electrical current by stopping or starting the current between points A and B. Every piece of switchgear must be able to break electrical currents and must insulate itself and ensure safe operation of the network.
Today there are over 30 million units of medium-voltage switchgear installed worldwide using sulfu..

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Organizations across all industries are transforming as the needs and behavior of their customers, employees and business partners are changing. The ongoing digitization and convergence of technologies lead to new opportunities and challenges alike.
The impact on the business of our EcoXpert partners, regardless of their field of expertise, is significant. How do they differentiate themselves in this changing environment? How is their core business evolving? And how do they respond to customers who ask for more integrated solutions which enable them to optimize their business and gain insights into their operations, processes, and even business as a whole?
EcoXperts are transforming their own business to make this possible says Nicolas Windpassinger in an interview on the partner program.
Already over 15% of our channel partners have grown their multi-expertise capabilities by having multiple certifications which enable them to offer better, integrated solutions and help their custo..

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My journey After I obtained a literary bachelor’s degree in 2004, I decided to join the French army in February 2005 as a volunteer. I spent 5 years with the mountain troops at the 93rd regiment of mountain artillery Varces Allières and Risset.
On the radar operator and observation team I served alternately in French Polynesia (2005) and Afghanistan (2007). At the end of my contract I decided to resume my studies in business school in 2010 to successively obtain a BA and a masters in brand strategy, innovation, launch of new products and services.
Training Department at Schneider Electric I returned to work on a study contract in 2012 in Schneider Electric’s training department. In 2017, I received a permanent contract as a deployment manager for marketing plans, always within the training department. Since October 2018, I am in charge of the delivery of strategic programs within the Innovation and Strategy team of Training Institute (customer training service of Schneider Electric)…

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