December 2007

Electricals/Instrumentation

Industrial power management: what plants need to know about the future electric system

Prepare for cost-control challenges and revenue-generating opportunities

Hardin, D., GridWise Architecture Council and Invensys Process Systems

Over the next two decades the North American electric power grid will undergo significant modernization that will have tremendous impact on refinery operation and hydrocarbon processing in general. As both a major consumer and supplier of energy, the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) must prepare itself for the cost-control challenges and revenue-generating opportunities that grid modernization will present. For most, minimizing cost impact and taking advantage of the supply-side opportunities will be mostly a matter of leveraging the energy and automation infrastructure already in place. Energy conservation itself is nothing new to the HPI. Process engineers usually design and operat

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