News | July 11, 2008

Oncor Installs First PulseCloser In The U.S. As Part Of Smart Grid Strategy

Source: S&C Electric Company
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Oncor installed the first S&C IntelliRupter® PulseCloser in the United States last week, at a location in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This new, groundbreaking device is part of Oncor's initiative to develop an electric grid that will monitor, think, act, repair and prepare itself to respond quickly to consumer needs.

IntelliRupter PulseCloser was designed and built by S&C Electric Company with utility partner input. It incorporates cutting-edge PulseClosing™ Technology that injects multiple, non-disruptive pulses into the line to check for faults before initiating closing. This unique technology eliminates the disruptive effects associated with conventional power restoration, reducing equipment damaging stresses, and extends the life of lines, transformers, and circuit breakers.

"The IntelliRupter will communicate with other technology on Oncor's system and coordinate with Oncor's automated power restoration systems," said Jim Greer, Senior Vice President, Oncor. "The first IntelliRupter installed at Oncor bears a memorial plate commemorating the work of Doug Staszesky, an engineer and marketing director for S&C who did much of the development. He died before he could see his work put into operation. Oncor is honored to be the utility that installs IntelliRupter No.1." Jim added, "Innovations like the IntelliRupter will help Oncor and other utilities improve their performance and develop increasingly sophisticated methods to minimize the impact of outages and restore power."

IntelliRupter significantly advances the science of fault testing on overhead lines. It was designed from the ground up to accommodate advanced feeder automation functions such as S&C's IntelliTEAM II® Automatic Restoration System, as well as SCADA. IntelliRupter features a base-integrated control that's accessed for configuration and operation via a secure WiFi link. This innovative approach improves reliability, operator safety, and convenience, and significantly enhances security compared to "lock-and-key" approaches.

About S&C Electric Company
S&C Electric Company, headquartered in Chicago, IL, specializes in the development and manufacture of innovative products for the electric power industry, as well as the delivery of comprehensive, expert services for this industry.

About Oncor
Oncor is a regulated electric distribution and transmission business that uses superior asset management skills to provide reliable electricity delivery to consumers. Oncor operates the largest distribution and transmission system in Texas, providing power to 3 million electric delivery points over more than 102,000 miles of distribution and 14,000 miles of transmission lines. While Oncor is a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings Corp., Oncor is a separate entity with a separate board that is comprised of a majority of independent directors.

SOURCE: S&C Electric Company