POWER Engineers is an international leader in transmission and distribution project services. We offer multidiscipline services at every project stage, from system studies and environmental planning to engineering, construction and commissioning.
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Implementation partnership will help customers maximize value of today’s technologies and prepare for the future Utility Network paradigm
HAILEY, ID (January 23, 2018)–Schneider Electric, the industry leader in geographic information systems (GIS) solutions for utilities and communication providers, announced an implementation partnership with POWER Engineers Incorporated (POWER), a global consulting engineering firm specializing in the delivery of integrated solutions.
With this new partnership, Schneider Electric customers will gain access to an even deeper pool of industry expertise as they prepare for the shift to Schneider Electric’s new ArcFM Solution XI Series as well as Esri’s Utility Network – a new paradigm in the modeling and implementation of utility GIS. Furthermore, customers currently leveraging Schneider Electric’s industry-leading EcoStruxure ArcFM platform will have yet another partner to choose from in the already strong list of best-of-breed Schneider Electric partners when they need help with their solutions.
“We are excited about this partnership with POWER as we continue to help customers maximize the value of today’s EcoStruxure ArcFM technologies while preparing for the next generation of GIS,” said Jay Stinson, General Manager at Schneider Electric. “From improving today’s efficiencies to helping shape the utilities of tomorrow, our customers will have a strong and cohesive partnership to support them as they plan, prepare and act.”
“We feel that the timing for this partnership is perfect,” said Chris Erpelding, Strategic Consulting Department Manager at POWER Engineers. “With our long and successful history of implementing and supporting Schneider Electric software, our extensive energy utility experience and our involvement with ArcGIS Pro and the Utility Network since its inception, POWER Engineers is ideally suited to be a very strong implementation partner for Schneider Electric’s ArcFM solution offering as well as the next generation of ArcFM Solution XI Series. The combined expertise of Schneider Electric and POWER Engineers will provide our clients with industry-leading solutions and a proven implementation methodology to help reduce risk and maximize return on investment.”
HAILEY, Idaho (Jan. 10, 2018) ‒ The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Idaho has selected the Pomona Energy Storage Facility to receive first place for Category K, Energy for the 2017 Engineering Excellence Awards Competition. POWER Engineers Incorporated (POWER) provided detailed design to AltaGas for the project. ARB was the contractor.
AltaGas built, owns and operates the storage project at its Pomona Energy Facility natural-gas fired peaking power plant in the east Los Angeles Basin. The 20 megawatt battery storage facility has a discharge capacity of 80 megawatt-hours. Southern California Edison purchases energy from the project under a 10-year agreement, integrating more renewable energy into its system and helping its customers avoid costly outages. The project went online in December 2016.
The project was delivered on time and on budget, which was no small feat given the project’s accelerated schedule. Construction of the battery system facility was completed in less than four months, which is the industry’s fastest completion of a project this size. The accelerated schedule was necessary to prevent Southern California Edison customers experiencing blackouts from constricted fuel supplies.
“We’re pleased that POWER could work with AltaGas and ARB on this fast-track project,” said POWER project manager Steve Harris. “The schedule was demanding but we were flexible and in the end, our combined team provided a fast, sustainable solution that also set an industry record.”
The facility is one of the largest battery energy storage systems (BESS) in North America. The lithium-ion batteries, software control platform and power conversion technology were provided by Wärtsilä’s Greensmith Energy Management Systems, an industry leader in the energy storage space. It reduces the need to fire up natural gas generators at peak times while at the same time mitigating fluctuations from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.
POWER also won second place in the “Studies, Research and Consulting” category for its animated video explaining how to navigate the 36th Street, Hill Road and Catalpa Drive Roundabout.
The dog-bone-shaped intersection is new to Idaho and was unfamiliar to the majority of users. Because users include motorists, cyclists, school children and other pedestrians, each would have a unique way of navigating the intersection. The Ada County Highway District, therefore, faced a challenge in effectively educating each type of user on how to safely move through the roundabout.
To assist in this effort, ACHD called on POWER Engineers’ visualization group to provide a clear way of showing motorists and pedestrians how to use the roundabout. POWER and ACHD decided that a narrated video would be the best approach to reach the variety of audiences involved.
You can watch the video at https://youtu.be/fEJf6rh_h8s
You’re faced with greater demands for electricity to power everything from light bulbs to electric cars. You’re also faced with a more complex grid that includes distributed generation, renewable sources and energy storage. Secure, highly reliable operation is more important than ever. It is the new norm.
You can call on POWER for help. We bring experience with planning, design, system modeling, system protection and automation to your project. We can help identify your system’s needs, design a solution to fit your situation and then deliver it.
As experts in the energy industry, we work seamlessly with your project team. We support your staff members, not replace them. This keeps you in control while meeting your needs.
POWER senior engineers oversee experienced design teams as they perform project work. We also can call on our talented team of engineering, construction management and environmental experts for support when projects stray outside of typical boundaries.
And with offices throughout the United States, we are where you need us to be.
Natural obstacles. Environmental hurdles. Regulatory constraints. Crowded corridors.
Every project is different. But whatever your challenge, POWER Engineers delivers creative solutions that help your overhead transmission project move ahead.
As the largest transmission line engineering consulting group in the United States, POWER can call on our talented team of engineering, construction management and environmental experts to respond to your needs. You gain the right answer the first time, saving time in planning and money during construction.
Our expertise ranges from distribution to extra-high voltage on every structure type. With one of the most experienced transmission line engineering staffs in the United States and located in multiple offices around the county, we can support small local projects or major programs.
POWER’s nimble approach allows us to adjust resources based on the needs of your project, further keeping costs down. Our experts work seamlessly as an extension of your staff. We become a part of your team to help you be successful.
Today’s competitive electric power market puts a premium on reliability, efficiency and low cost. POWER Engineers provides essential analysis and planning services that help you meet those goals.
We will help you take advantage of today’s rapid advances in protection and control technology to improve protection performance and ultimately save you time and money. We will carefully study fault conditions and thoughtfully apply and coordinate protective relays and their elements to isolate faults and eliminate unnecessary trips.
Utility automation offers the promise of a more efficient and reliable power system. POWER will help you to fully use the capabilities of modern SCADA devices and high-speed networks to incorporate automation and programming to meet your utility system needs.
We can help you get the most out of your budget. POWER’s talented team of substation design professionals is one of the largest in the industry. We have successfully completed thousands of substation projects and have the versatility to design all types of substations from 5 kV through 500 kV.
You can count on POWER’s team of experts to design solutions from the practical to the creative for the substation issues you face today. We’re also adept at extending the life of your substation facilities through upgrades and expansions.
With POWER, you gain a trusted advisor who supports your vision right from the start and stays with you through to commissioning. If you have a substation project, we are ready to help.
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