Current Transformers Help Utilities Maximize Revenue and Decrease Cost
GE's Digital Energy business announced its Encompass™ and RevenueSense™ 600-volt current transformers. Both products enable a utility to maximize billing revenue by ensuring more precise meter readings. Due to the range of applications that both products can cover, a utility also can reduce its inventory by up to nearly 90 percent when using these products.
â€œRapid acceptance of both products proves that utilities have a strong incentive to invest in equipment that enables them to capture more revenue and decrease costs,â€ said Jim Koepsell, general manager of power sensing equipment at GEâ€™s Digital Energy business. â€œWeâ€™re excited to see the benefits that Encompass and RevenueSense can deliver for our customers.â€
Encompass wide range CTs are designed for commercial and industrial applications. Encompass CTâ€™s substantially reduce inventory, complexity and improve standardization for meter shop operations, particularly when used with GEâ€™s kV2c FITZALLâ„¢ transformer rated meters. Models include: JCR-0W, 10A-1000A, 2â€ Window, Indoor/Outdoor; JAK-0W, 20A-2000A, 3â€ Window, Indoor/Outdoor; JAB-0W, 20A-3000A, 4.5â€ x 3.5â€ Window, specifically designed for secondary bushing of padmount transformers; and JAD-0W, 40A-4500A, 5.75â€ Window, Indoor/Outdoor.
RevenueSense wide range, high accuracy CTs are also designed for commercial and industrial applications. Models include: JCT-0S, 6A to 1200A, 2â€Window, Indoor/Outdoor; JAK-0S, 6A to 1800A, 3â€ Window, Indoor/Outdoor; JAB-0S, 10A to 4000A, 4.5â€ x 3.5â€ Window, Indoor/Outdoor; and JAD-0S, 12A to 4500A, 5.75â€ Window, Indoor/Outdoor.
GE developed these products in response to utilitiesâ€™ need for an innovative and cost-effective way to decrease operation and asset costs while increasing payback. Traditional 600-volt current transformers are at risk of producing less accurate readings when currents fall outside rated levels. Less accurate readings can lead to lost billing opportunities.
By operating over a wider range, GEâ€™s Encompass and RevenueSense can each eliminate the need for multiple current transformers. This not only simplifies the current transformer size and selection process for a utility, it also reduces inventory requirements and costs. Both products also reduce billing multipliers, resulting in improved productivity and minimized risk of error in the billing process and meter programing.