Cooper Power Systems Offers Smart Solutions for a Smarter Grid

Cooper Power Systems - 01.24.2012

Utilities face significant challenges: An aging infrastructure, reliability, and regulation are current top concerns*. Assets are aging with many critical assets operating well beyond design service life†, and the information economy requires a higher level of reliability and security. These requirements all set the stage for more intelligent solutions to fill the productivity and talent void.

Cooper Power Systems offers a unique breadth and depth of Smart Grid capability. The company’s end-to-end solutions integrate monitoring, communications, intelligence, and action that automate the electrical grid from transmission to consumption to improve efficiency, productivity (cost), and reliability. This includes integrated grid-point solutions: Integrated Volt/Var Control (IVVC), Self-Healing Grid, and Substation Automation. Integrated end-point solutions include: Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Demand Response (DR). The company also offers engineering optimization and modeling tools.

Grid-Point Automation:

Integrated Volt/Var Control (IVVC) reduces line losses and equipment maintenance cost, defers the cost of new installations, and enables Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR). Intelligence must reside within the regulator and/or capacitor bank control which supports stand-alone functionality or a variety of agnostic communication configurations. The Cooper Power Systems Integrated Volt/Var Management solution combines the company’s Yukon™ real-time automated Volt/Var adjustment software with its smart capacitors and regulators to provide unmatched power factor and power quality functionality. With more than 75 years experience designing and manufacturing sensors, capacitors, voltage regulators, controls and software, the company assures solid power factor impact.

The main goal of a Self-Healing Grid is to improve system reliability. Self-Healing solutions typically reconfigure the system within one to five minutes. Cooper Power Systems offers a simplified customer interface, enterprise level Yukon™ feeder automation software with the ability to communicate with multiple vendor Intelligent Electronic Devices (IEDs) using multiple protocols over different communication media. Building on more than 60 years knowledge of distribution system apparatus, sensors and controls, Cooper Power Systems utilizes a configuration tool with real-time distribution data to detect and isolate faults quickly; a simulator, and advanced feeder automation algorithms proven to reduce Customer Minutes Interrupted by 33% annually or more.

Substation Automation equipment should be able to monitor and control the grid in order to ensure a fast response to real-time events with appropriate actions, and to maintain uninterrupted power services. Cooper Power Systems substation automation products enable utilities to comply with the new IEC 61850 Standard for grid integration and automation. The company’s SMP™ gateway is designed to achieve interoperability and interconnectivity of IEDs with a wide range of supported protocols while providing the first level of perimeter security. This solution is field-proven to save a utility hundreds of hours in travel to substations annually.

Engineering Planning Optimization and Modeling Tools. The Cooper Power Systems CYME™ software provides powerful capabilities that support the detailed modeling of any distribution, industrial or transmission network of any scale and complexity to improve network reliability and efficiency. Creating balanced and unbalanced networks, secondary grids, substations, nested networks, whether radial or meshed, three-, two- or single phased, is fully supported and can be represented schematically or geographically. To bring the network representation even closer to reality, the software includes extensive industry-standard equipment and control libraries that can be enhanced by the user. Simulations can be performed on virtually any network configuration: plan distribution system optimization, service restoration, fault analysis, reporting, power flow, and voltage drop; coordinate the protective devices on a feeder to ensure proper selectivity; analyze thermal cable to determine the load rating of a power cable installation; analyze network transmission, distribution, and industrial networks, and optimize the design of substation grounding grids. This field-proven software has more than 250 customers worldwide, including investor-owned utilities, cooperatives, and municipalities.

End-Point Automation:

Advanced Metering infrastructure (AMI) is a system that measures, collects, and analyzes energy usage, and communicates with devices such as electrical, gas, and/or water meters, either on request or on a schedule. Cooper Power Systems AMI provides utilities the largest feature set, choice of meter manufacturers, industry leading support, and unmatched flexibility to ensure the needs of all departments, from billing to engineering, are met. The company’s Yukon software suite provides utilities the opportunity to combine AMR/AMI with Demand Response, intelligent capacitor control, and distribution automation, all on one platform. This includes a comprehensive portfolio of blended AMI communication offering— RF, PLC, and Cellular—all tied together to a single head end, which allows uniform service levels across an entire service territory.

Demand Response (DR) extends intelligence from the utility system, to network communication, and to the home-area-network for a smart change in the amount of electricity consumed during a certain period of time. This change can be caused by a price change, or control signals initiated by electric utilities or the consumer. Demand Response represents the lowest total cost solution - $250-350/kW vs. $700-850/kW for peak generation. Cooper Power Systems has a more than a 20-year history of deploying and supporting Demand Response programs, and, with three million AMI network nodes operating in the field, is the largest provider of utility DR equipment, including in-home display offerings, and software in the United States. Cooper Power Systems helps utilities shift peak demand to off-peak periods; ease electrical system constraints; reduce the need to buy or build expensive generation, transmission, and distribution equipment, and save the utility and the customer money.

Cooper Power Systems, a subsidiary of Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE), offers a comprehensive portfolio of power distribution equipment, controls, software, secure communications networks, and engineering expertise – backed by 100 years of field-proven experience and financial stability. The company is uniquely positioned to provide integrated Smart Efficiency, Productivity, and Reliability Solutions for a Smarter Grid. For more information, visit

* Black & Veatch study, 2011
† Life Cycle Management of Utility Transformer Assets, William Bartley PE, Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Co., 2002

Editor’s Note: For additional information, contact Mike Petrasek, of Burson-Marsteller, at (412) 394-6611 or

About Cooper Power Systems

Cooper Power Systems, with 2010 revenues of approximately $1.2 billion, is a subsidiary of Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE), and a global manufacturer of world-class power delivery and reliability solutions for the utility, commercial, and industrial markets. Cooper Power Systems is a leading provider of innovative Smart Grid technologies that optimize electrical grid performance. These solutions include Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), Demand Response (DR), Smart Sensors, Power Systems Engineering Software and Services, Substation Automation, and Feeder Automation. The company is also a leading provider of software, communications and integration solutions that enable customers to increase productivity, improve system reliability, and reduce costs. For more information, please visit

About Cooper Industries

Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE) is a global electrical products manufacturer with 2011 revenues of $5.4 billion. Founded in 1833 Cooper's sustained success is attributable to a constant focus on innovation and evolving business practices, while maintaining the highest ethical standards and meeting customer needs. The Company has seven operating divisions with leading market positions and world-class products and brands, including Bussmann electrical and electronic fuses; Crouse-Hinds and CEAG explosion-proof electrical equipment; Halo and Metalux lighting fixtures; and Kyle and McGraw-Edison power systems products. With this broad range of products, Cooper is uniquely positioned for several long-term growth trends including the global infrastructure build-out, the need to improve the reliability and productivity of the electric grid, the demand for higher energy-efficient products and the need for improved electrical safety. In 2011 fifty-nine percent of total sales were to customers in the industrial and utility end-markets and forty percent of total sales were to customers outside the United States. Cooper has manufacturing facilities in 24 countries as of 2011. For more information, visit the website at


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