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Utilities are constantly meeting new challenges and sometimes competing demands, according to Jennifer Ploskina, Segment Manager, Strategic Markets Residential & Wiring Devices Division, Eaton. Utilities are at the heart of an increasingly digital economy with electron-thirsty electric vehicles to now feed. As such, new demands will be placed on a home’s load center and circuit breakers.

 

“Electric vehicles are just now hitting higher adoption rates,” said Ploskina. “We develop the technology for the load center of a house. Eaton came out with the EMCB (Energy Management Circuit Breaker), which is basically the brains of a home charging station.”

Eaton’s EMCB is an industry first, said Ploskina, describing it as a next-generation “smart breaker” that has the safety functionality of a standard circuit breaker with cloud-connectivity and on-board intelligence built in. She noted that EMCB allows homeowners to safely charge their cars, ensuring the vehicle is charged properly and the home’s load center runs efficiently.

It is a staggering transformation of circuit breaker technology, Ploskina said, and it offers revenue-grade branch circuit metering, communications capabilities and remote access. The breaker can be monitored and controlled without compromising any of the circuit breaker’s traditional safety features.

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