Utilities & Energy Companies

Electric utilities & energy companies—electric power generation, transmission & distribution companies—have a responsibility to serve the public with their power & energy requirements. Today’s provider may de-regulated, regulated or a mix of both. A utility or energy company may be serving as a GENCO (generation company), TRANSCO (transmission company) or DISCO (distribution company) and operate individual or multiple companies. Serving ESCOs in PQ increases revenue & provides customer service to their customers. PBE not only serves utilities & energy companies, but we also serve municipalities in cities & counties across the US. PBE also serves international utility companies.

Regardless of company type or who they serve, power quality (PQ) is a critical part of their business. Generation companies must include PQ as they generate power to meet NERC standards. Generators must be compatible with the transmission system & vice versa—neither of the two should shut the other one down. Transmission companies must deal with PQ at the transmission level to meet FERC standards. Most large utilities serve some of their larger customers through direct-fed transmission system. Distribution companies must address the PQ of their distribution system and the customers they deliver power to. Purchasing power from TRANSCOs and DISCOs, smaller local distributors & municipalities often serve lots of residential, commercial, and industrial customers. PBE’s 100 years of combined experience helps these entities meet the PQ needs of their customers.

As an energy provider for their customers, utilities must engage in PBE’s Power Quality Engineering Services to:

  • Investigate PQ problems at the system & customer level.
  • Monitor the PQ of their operations & customers at various points (points of common coupling) on their systems.
  • Help their manufacturing customers stay up to date on the latest PQ phenomena & problems impacting their businesses.
  • Utilize PBE’s e-Knowledgebase Center to keep existing staff trained & up to date & educate new staff.
  • Model & simulate complex PQ concerns & problems within their systems & their customers’ systems.

Our array of services is designed to provide utilities & their customers & energy companies with the knowledge, tools & information required to maintain their PQ as an active part of sustaining their business & customer base. Realizing that many utilities & energy companies may no longer have the professional staff & equipment to provide PQ support to their customers, PBE can provide such services to utilities & energy companies through our Remote PQ Monitoring Service program.