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S&c Edge Restore

S&C Electric Co. System Cuts Power Outage Duration

Feb. 3, 2023
The smart communications system fits inside the transformer enclosures on new or existing underground residential loop circuits.

Power grid modernization firm S&C Electric Company launched its new EdgeRestore Underground Distribution Restoration System.

EdgeRestore improves customer power reliability by mitigating outages and eliminating emergency truck rolls on underground residential distribution systems.

According to S&C, the company is providing Florida Power & Light with the system.

“For nearly two decades, Florida Power & Light has been on a journey to build a stronger, smarter, and more storm-resilient energy grid to better serve our customers,” said Manny Miranda, executive vice president of power delivery for Florida Power & Light Company. “We’re pleased to work with S&C, with whom we’ve had a long relationship, to help develop modern solutions that advance the grid and have a positive impact for our customers by keeping the power on now and in the decades to come.”

When an underground fault occurs on an underground residential loop, the EdgeRestore system automatically locates and isolates the fault and reroutes power from an alternate source—all within 60 seconds.

This system reduces the impact of sustained outages that commonly last for hours and eliminates the need for immediate crew intervention, keeping power on until the underlying issue can be resolved. Automatic fault isolation also greatly simplifies the process for locating faults on underground residential circuits and reduces medium-voltage exposure for crews.

EdgeRestore fits inside the transformer enclosures on new or existing underground residential loop circuits, with no changes to the normal protection scheme. The devices do not need any programming, firmware updates, computers, Internet connectivity, batteries, radios or antennas.

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