How Utilities Can Master Customer Engagement

How Utilities Can Master Customer Engagement

Addressing the new energy customer engagement paradox BY GREG GUTHRIDGE, NICHOLAS HANDCOCK & JULIE TARTAGLIA, Accenture For utilities, the foundation of the energy marketplace is shifting. Providers face a market in flux with largely stagnant energy demand, shifting regulatory landscapes, accelerating adoption of...Read More

Protecting SCADA Systems with Defense-in-Depth Strategies

Protecting SCADA Systems with Defense-in-Depth Strategies

How utilities can utilize multi-layered security approaches BY RICHARD CLARK, InduSoft Defense-in-depth is a security strategy first developed by military leaders in which multiple layers of safeguards are placed throughout a system. The concept behind the strategy is that it is more difficult to penetrate a complex ...Read More

Fiber-Reinforced Composite Cross Arms for Transmission Structures

Fiber-Reinforced Composite Cross Arms for Transmission Structures

Fiber-reinforced polymers versus traditional cross arms materials BY JANOS TOTH & GRANT LOCKHART, FRP Transmission Innovations Inc. Recently, utilities have started using newer options such as component polyurethanes instead of older, widely used conventional materials. Specifically, fiber-reinforced polymer show...Read More

IT and OT Technologies for the Smart Grid

IT and OT Technologies for the Smart Grid

Convergence of information and operation technologies (IT & OT) to build a successful Smart Grid BY RICK NICHOLSON, Ventyx Smart Grid is a buzzword that has become an intrinsic part of the North American electric utility industry language in the past few years. Nearly every participant in the industry—investor-...Read More

Electricity Today Announces Grid Modernization Forum

Electricity Today Announces Grid Modernization Forum

Innovation: the key to success BY PHILL FELTHAM, Executive Editor Electricity Today Magazine The ice storm that paralyzed many U.S. and Canadian communities this past December revealed many weak spots in utility operations—particularly in outage response procedures. Now that the worst is over and lights are back ...Read More

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Electricity Today is a leading electrical transmission and distribution magazine distributed subscribe free of charge to North American T&D electric utility engineering, construction and maintenance personnel, and high voltage T&D consulting engineers.

In the Last Issue

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REGISTER FOR THE GRID MODERNIZATION FORUM

Utilizing innovation to modernize the power grid

EDITOR'S DESK

The case for transmission

TO CATCH A THIEF

Using data analytics for theft and revenue protection

STORING POWER FOR GRID SUCCESS

Energy storage for grid security and modernization

INFORMATION AND OPERATION

Build a successful Smart Grid with IT and OT technologies

THE POWER GRID AND CLIMATE CHANGE

Infrastructure vulnerabilities to climate change and extreme weather

CUSTOMERS FIRST

Addressing the new energy consumer engagement paradox

SMART GRID

Utilizing defense-in-depth strategies to protect SCADA systems

OVERHEAD T&D

Fiber-reinforced polymers versus traditional cross arms materials

SMART METERING

Taking metering technologies to the next level

UNDERGROUND T&D

Safety in underground systems

POWER TRANSFORMERS

Renewable insulation liquids for transformers

THE BULLETIN BOARD

How the U.S. can improve its rating on aging infrastructure

UTILITY SPOTLIGHT

Con Edison: Smart Grid innovation for solar generation

ADVERTISER INDEX

The advertisers of March 2014

Marketplace

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Smart Grid
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Protecting SCADA Systems with Defense-in-Depth Strategies

How utilities can utilize multi-layered security approaches

BY RICHARD CLARK, InduSoft

Defense-in-depth is a security strategy first developed by military leaders in which multiple layers of safeguards are placed throughout a system. The concept behind the strategy is that it is more difficult to penetrate a complex and multi-layered defense than to breach a single security measure.

The defense-in-depth approach does… Read More


Electrical Substations
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Selecting Substation Medium-Voltage Switchgear: GIS vs. AIS

Understanding differences between GIS and AIS in five points

BY GAETAN DJENANE, Schneider Electric, Inc.

Many considerations must be taken into account before selecting the electrical medium-voltage (MV) switchgear that best meets a user’s needs. From a management perspective, considerations include the purchase price, the life expectancy of the switchgear, and the size of the equipment, the amount of time… Read More


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Advancements in Electricity Metering

Taking metering technologies to the next level

BY BRIAN SEAL, Electric Power Research Institute

Between 2004 and 2009, the production of traditional electromechanical electricity meters in the U.S. was gradually shutdown in the wake of the successful introduction of solid-state electronic meters.

This transition was the most significant change in metering technology in over a hundred years. Although it has been… Read More


Overhead T&D
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Fiber-Reinforced Composite Cross Arms for Transmission Structures

Fiber-reinforced polymers versus traditional cross arms materials

BY JANOS TOTH & GRANT LOCKHART, FRP Transmission Innovations Inc.

Recently, utilities have started using newer options such as component polyurethanes instead of older, widely used conventional materials. Specifically, fiber-reinforced polymer shows promise in providing reliable, cost effective, and durable support for conductors, under challenging environmental conditions.

This issue’s Overhead T&D Channel weighs the… Read More


Underground Distribution
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Monitoring Underground Lines with SCADA

How SCADA can help prevent repairs and service disruptions

BY RICHARD CLARK, InduSoft

Underground transmission and distribution lines create unique challenges, as they require special insulation materials to protect conductors, and complex cooling systems because heat cannot be dissipated in free air as with overhead lines. Despite the additional expense of specialized insulation materials and cooling systems, not to mention… Read More


Power Transformers
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Renewable Insulation Liquids for Transformers

Turning electrical assets into green machines

BY RONNY FRITSCHE & GEORG PUKEL, Siemens AG

Transformers are one of the most important components of energy grid systems. They enable the efficient transport of electric energy from the location where the energy is generated to the location where the energy is needed.

Transformers, especially power transformers, are conventional electric equipment based on physic… Read More


Linemen Safety
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Flame-Resistant Apparel for Utility Workers [VIDEO]

Selecting the right FR clothing is the first step.

Glen Raven is a global leader in high-performance, inherently flame-resistant protective and hi-visibility fabrics for the utility, petroleum and industrial apparel markets. The health and safety of the men and women in these dangerous environments depend on the protection that our thermal protective fabrics provide. Working closely with their customers,… Read More