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We are an independent global provider of solutions and support to the electricity industry. Our mission is to ‘help our clients power the world’. We achieve this through our objectivity, unique mix of services and breadth of technical expertise.

Each of these qualities has enabled us to develop partnerships with our clients the world over; and a reputation for value creation and enduring support.

PSC NEWS

May 2017 issue of PSC News is out now. Included in this issue:

  • PSC and Harmonic launch new Analytics service offering
  • The next evolution of PSC
  • PSC joins New Zealand Government delegation to the USA
  • PSC improves modelling capabilities at Avista

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FEATURES

Next Evolutionary Step for PSC

Message from Alex Boyd, President, PSC

It brings me great joy to announce a new stage in the evolution of PSC. Recently, the founders and existing shareholders of PSC completed a management and staff buyout that consolidates all of PSC’s operations as a single, global entity.  I believe this transition is a great opportunity for our staff, and for our customers...

Message from PSC Chairman & Co-Founder, Tony Armstrong

I am very pleased to announce the next evolutionary step for the PSC group of companies. On April 29th, 2017, the founders and existing shareholders achieved completion of a management and staff buyout led by PSC North American CEO, Alex Boyd...

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PSC and Harmonic Launch a new service offering

A PSC and Harmonic Partnership

PSC and Harmonic have joined forces to launch a new service offering to the electricity industry, combining Power Systems Engineering and Data Science.  'PSC Analytics' was officially launched in Wellington on 26 April 2017.

Recognising the rapid change affecting the electricity sector and the approaching ‘data tsunami’, PSC and Harmonic will work together to solve complex industry challenges through advanced analytics.

The proliferation of the Internet of things (IoT), Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and the ongoing pressure on electricity industry companies to preserve assets, ensure resiliency and make ‘data driven’ investment decisions makes analytics a vital asset management tool.

"PSC is pleased to partner with Harmonic to offer this new service. We see the combination of Harmonic’s data science capability coupled with PSC’s power systems engineering capability as a powerful combination of skills that will enable us to help clients solve the complex problems now presented within the electricity industry." says Warwick Glendenning, PSC's Asia Pacific & Europe CEO.

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PSC joins a New Zealand Government Delegation to the USA

As a specialist consultant to the electricity industry, PSC is joining a New Zealand government delegation of electricity industry participants to the USA in April 2017. 

PSC Group Chairman and Co-Founder Tony Armstrong is visiting San Francisco as part of the New Zealand government delegation.  With significant change in the electricity sector internationally, topics will include emerging technologies and electric vehicles.  

See http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1703/S00505/minister-leads-delegation-to-texas-and-silicon-valley.htm for more information.

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PSC supports the 2017 Pioneer Epic Race

The 2017 Pioneer 7 Day Epic race is a 7 day mountain bike race from Christchurch to Queenstown along New Zealand's Southern Alps.  In its second year, the event must be completed by teams of 2, with team members keeping within 2 minutes of each other throughout the entire race.  Team PSC consisted of Stephen Butler, a PSC Engineer based in Scotland and Phil Murphy, a Marine Engineer on a boat for Paspaley Pearls off the coast of Darwin.  It was Phil's idea to enter the race and Stephen didn't take much convincing to come over for the ride.  

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PSC at SEAPAC 2017

PSC was a silver sponsor of The SEAPAC (South East Asia Protection, Automation and Control) Conference which was held on 14-15 March in Melbourne, Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Record Breaking DistribuTECH 2017 - all about Sustainable Innovation

Integration and management of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) remained a prominent topic at DistribuTECH 2017 in San Diego, California, where host utility SDG&E reported rapid growth in solar generation as well as battery storage development, such as the 37.5MW Escondido battery storage project being delivered by AES, which is billed as the largest of its kind in the world.

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2016 PSC Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to the 2016 PSC Scholarship recipient Jesse Stuart.  Jesse was selected from a strong field of submissions and in addition to his outstanding academic achievements, has gained valuable industry experience with Mighty River Power and Trustpower.  He is currently the CIGRE NGN (Next Generation Network) events coordinator, helping to introduce young engineers to the power engineering industry.  Well done Jesse.

PSC Scholarship recipient Jesse Stuart (R) with PSC's Director of Engineering Ranil de Silva

 

 

ATCO Canada EMS Strategy Roadmap

Utility owners all recognize the importance of maintaining a strategic plan for their EMS and DMS systems, but are often so busy with maintaining the reliable operation of their current system that they don’t have the time or resources to perform a careful assessment of their current and future needs. PSC solves this problem by working with key stakeholders to capture an all-encompassing view of the utility perspective, before applying our neutral and holistic understanding of EMS system operations derived from supporting numerous utilities around the world.

ATCO Canada knew their own transmission system well – but they wanted to get the whole picture. Because they were familiar with PSC’s expertise in EMS assessment and strategic planning for other utilities in Canada and around the world, including AltaLink in Calgary, ATCO selected PSC to perform a review of ATCO’s transmission system tools and capabilities in order to assess how well the tools were meeting business goals and regulatory and security mandates.

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PSC provides advice to UK Future Power Systems Architecture Project

The Future Power System Architecture (FPSA) project has explored the functional requirements for the whole UK power system that will be needed by 2030 to respond to a likely transformation in consumer needs, the way in which electricity supply and demand are balanced, and the potential electrification of much of the energy currently delivered to the point of end use as oil and gas fuels.

The FPSA project was commissioned by DECC (UK Governments Department of Energy and Climate Change) and undertaken through a collaboration between the IET and the Energy Systems Catapult.  It identified 35 new and enhanced functions that will be required to make the future, low carbon, power system work in the face of transformative change and used these as the basis of its findings and recommendations. 

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