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News Release
Connie Smith
Cooper Power Systems Smart Grid-Ready Control
Increases Automation and Efficiency
Expanded Communications Platform Lets CBC-8000 Capacitor Bank Control Adapt to Evolving
Technology in Smart Grid Communications
WAUKESHA, WI, June 25, 2013 —Cooper Power Systems today announced its Smart Gridready, CBC-8000 capacitor bank control now offers an Ethernet communication module. The
module provides seamless integration into new or existing CBC-8000 controls for intelligent
communications capabilities. The platform expansion provides added efficiency with Power over
Ethernet capability, allowing customers to leverage IP-based communication networks for
programming and data collection to increase automation.
“Today’s utilities require intelligent, future-proof solutions to help manage growing generation
demand and energy consumption while maintaining a supply of consistent, clean power,” said Troy
Hedlund, global product manager, Cooper Power Systems. “The CBC-8000 Smart Grid control is
simple to configure and maintain, and designed to maximize long-term return on investment as the
Smart Grid expands and networks evolve.”
The CBC-8000 control features a universal modular design capable of being deployed as a standalone field device or as an integrated member of an entire automation solution to enhance grid
efficiency and power quality. It can also easily adapt to distribution automation advancements
through firmware feature upgrades and by adding future modules.
Specifically designed for remote operation and retrieval of field measurement data for analysis by
Integrated Volt/VAR applications, the CBC 8000 control is highly flexible and programmable,
delivering three-phase site measurements and neutral current sensing. Each CBC-8000 supports
independent Conservation Voltage Reduction (CVR) thresholds, and provides seamless integration
with a variety of communication technologies or radios along with interfacing to backend
applications, including Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition or Distribution Management
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The control is available radio-ready or with a utility radio installed at the factory. Configurations can
be upgraded or downloaded through Cooper Power Systems ProView NXG™ software utilizing
the control’s local USB connection, or remotely from the office using radio communications. The
CBC-8000 meets International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards supporting 120/240 V
and 50/60 Hz electrical systems for global applications.
Cooper Power Systems, a leader in electrical power delivery and reliability solutions for the utility,
commercial, and industrial markets, and founding member of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel
(SGIP),, offers a full suite of power quality software and apparatus to support a wide
range of applications.
For more information on Cooper Power Systems products, please visit
Editor’s Note: For additional information, contact Mike Petrasek of Burson-Marsteller at
(412) 394-6611 or
Cooper Power Systems is part of the electrical business of Eaton. Eaton acquired Cooper
Industries plc in late 2012. Cooper Power Systems provides world-class power delivery apparatus
and solutions for the utility, commercial, and industrial markets. Cooper Power Systems maintains
a complete portfolio of products and services required to transform, protect, connect, and build out
an electric power system backbone. Smart apparatus – voltage regulators, capacitors, reclosers,
switchgear, smart sensors, and controls – integrated with enterprise level software and secure
communications enable customers to increase productivity, optimize asset efficiency, improve
system reliability, and reduce costs. Reliability and grid-point solutions include: Integrated Volt/VAR
Control (IVVC), feeder, and substation automation systems. End-point solutions include: Advanced
Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Demand Response (DR). Cooper Power Systems is a leading
provider of engineering optimization and modeling tools. For more information, please visit For information about Eaton, visit