Cutting CO2 Emissions

Cutting CO2 Emissions

How to manage compliance costs and distribute economic benefits BY ANDREA OKIE, PAUL HIBBARD & SUSAN TIERNEY, Analysis Group In early June 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released proposed rules in Cutting CO2 emissions from existing fossil power plants. EPA’s Clean Power Plan would require...Read More

Protective Relay Frustrations

Protective Relay Frustrations

Solving misoperation with line parameter measurements BY WILL KNAPEK, OMICRON USA Between 80 to 90 percent of all power system faults involve ground. Many protective relaying schemes depend on ground distance protection to accurately sense and locate ground faults on multi-terminal sub-transmission and transmission l...Read More

Solving Underground Cable Problems with Partial Discharge Testing

Solving Underground Cable Problems with Partial Discharge Testing

How to prevent failure with partial discharge testing BY HENNING OETJEN, Megger Partial discharge (PD) measurements are increasingly used as a reliable and non-destructive diagnostic method to detect weak spots in the insulation of underground cables. Routinely, partial discharge measurements are utilized in laborato...Read More

Smart Grid Privacy

Smart Grid Privacy

U.S. government announces new voluntary guidelines to address public concerns BY PHILL FELTHAM, Editor-in-Chief Electricity Today Magazine Smart Grid equals innovation to many utilities and their customers, but not everyone shares that sentiment. In fact, many customers and media outlets perceive the Smart Grid as ...Read More

Integrated Energy Forecasting

Integrated Energy Forecasting

Improving T&D planning and operations BY TAO HONG, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Running the most complicated man-made object in the world, utilities are keeping the lights on for 5.3 billion people globally. In such an engineering savvy industry, energy forecasting is a crucial but often underestimat...Read More

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CALLING ALL UTILITIES

Leveraging the voice radio network for data transmission

ELECTRICAL TRAINING

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EDITOR'S DESK

Smart Grid privacy

ADVERTISER INDEX

Meet the advertisers of our March 2015 issue

CASTING DOUBTS ON GLOBAL POSITIONING

Addressing objections fleet executives have about GPS tracking

THE 2015 GREEN POWER GRID REPORT

Power imperative: managing distributed renewables

CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES

Canadian government showcases environmentally friendly Smart Grid projects

PLUGGING INTO ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Intelligently charging on the power grid

ENERGY STORAGE & CARBON EMISSIONS

The path toward a more sustainable energy future

DETERRENCE DRIVES NEXT GEN GRID SECURITY

How to protect assets using awareness zone technologies

CHANGING THE UTILITY BUSINESS MODEL

Solving the equation for disruption to the power industry

ELECTRICAL SUBSTATIONS

SAFETY REPORT: Safe grounding in substations

LINEMAN SAFETY

SAFETY REPORT: How regulation improves worker safety

SMART GRID

The demand response revolution

SMART METERING

Wireless technology

OVERHEAD T&D

Scheduling vegetation maintenance activities

THE BULLETIN BOARD

Cutting CO2 Emissions

UTILITY SPOTLIGHT

Transmission line inspection using robotics

AT YOUR SERVICE

Smart Grid best practices

JUST THE FACTS

Substation security

TRADE SHOW NEWSREEL

Upcoming power industry events

EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS

Meet the contributors of our March 2015 issue

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Smart Grid Privacy

U.S. government announces new voluntary guidelines to address public concerns

BY PHILL FELTHAM, Editor-in-Chief
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Smart Grid equals innovation to many utilities and their customers, but not everyone shares that sentiment. In fact, many customers and media outlets perceive the Smart Grid as a way for utilities and third parties to invade their privacy (the negative publicity toward smart meters is one great example).

Luckily, governments in both Canada and the United States are listening and are actively introducing legislation for regulation on a variety of Smart Grid technologies. Twenty-one U.S. states are considering at least 61 enacted or pending bills to encourage innovation, to regulate emerging technologies, and to protect consumer interests and concerns. (more…)


Electrical Substations
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Substation Maintenance Best Practices

Improving substation maintenance best practices for greater success

BY BUDO MILOVIC, DV-Power

Currently, substation maintenance—regular or emergency—operations and best practices must fit the utility’s goal of accomplishing more with less, in order to maximize assets and minimize outages. A caveat to this weighty goal is to accomplish more with less with a reduced workforce and under tight budgets. Field workers face this reality daily. Therefore, to overcome such challenges, maintenance crews have to be properly equipped and trained for these everyday demanding tasks. (more…)


Smart Metering
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Demand Response Communications

Weighing choices from AMI to Zigbee to Wi-Fi and cellular

BY HOWARD NG, Comverge

The demand response industry is currently experiencing some of its greatest success currently in the marketplace. However, similar to all technologies that stand the test of time, demand response started somewhere different from where the technology is now. The communication protocols available for demand response participants and their respective utilities, in particular, have evolved significantly. (more…)


Overhead T&D
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Q&A: PSE&G Reflects on Hurricane Sandy

Q: Reflecting back at Hurricane Sandy two years ago, what steps did PSE&G take to restore power? What were the lessons learned?

OUR EXPERT | Richard Wernsing, Manager of Asset Strategy, Electric at Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) (more…)


Underground Distribution
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Solving Underground Cable Problems with Partial Discharge Testing

How to prevent failure with partial discharge testing

BY HENNING OETJEN, Megger

Partial discharge (PD) measurements are increasingly used as a reliable and non-destructive diagnostic method to detect weak spots in the insulation of underground cables. Routinely, partial discharge measurements are utilized in laboratories for testing cable reels prior to commissioning and in the field to verify installation quality. (more…)


Power Transformers
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The Truth About Cast-Resin Transformers

Debunking the myths surrounding aluminum usage

BY SCOTT MAY, VIJAI NARAYANAN, ANDREW LAWLESS, Siemens

Much has been written about the use of aluminum versus copper for transformer conductors within the electrical industry. Aluminum conductors have been used successfully in the electrical industry for more than 100 years; unfortunately, misconceptions about their applications still exist. In Europe, aluminum has been used as the standard material for cast-resin transformer windings for many decades. (more…)


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Fall Protection Becomes Mandatory

New regulation removes “optional” to increase worker safety

BY CRAIG FIRL, Capital Safety

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published updated rules and regulations in April 2014 that impact fall protection for the electrical utility industry. These new regulations, which replace rules dating back to the 1970s, have been in development since 2005 and will replace guidelines that were both out-of-date and inconsistent. OSHA estimates the new rules will prevent an additional 118 workplace injuries and 20 fatalities each year. (more…)