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Prevent Transformer Shutdown

Prevent power failure with these five suggestions BY ALAN OBER, Electric Service Company Power transformers seldom shutdown; however, if a shutdown occurs, the effects would be immediate and devastating to utility operations. According to “An Analysis of Transformer Failures” by William H. Bartley, P.E., on behal...Read More

Avista Utilities Tackles Smart City Initiative

Avista Utilities Tackles Smart City Initiative

Launching a smart city with “economies of scope” BY JESSE BERST, Smart Cities Council The race to implement “smart” systems is not just a big-city issue. Some of the most interesting examples are occurring in mid-sized cities such as Chattanooga, Austin, and San Jose. For instance, consider Spokane, a city of...Read More

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Moving Smart Grid to the Field

Intelligent planning for a successful Smart Grid deployment plan BY JOHN FINNIGAN, Environmental Defense Fund Ben Franklin famously said, “If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail”. This saying certainly holds true for Smart Grid deployments, which can cost utilities several hundred million dollars. Given t...Read More

Utility Fleet Tracking Myth Busters

Utility Fleet Tracking Myth Busters

Evaluating the benefits of fleet tracking solutions BY JENNY MALCOLM, GPS Insight Since global positioning system (GPS) tracking was first introduced to the fleet industry, users have debated whether this technology is beneficial for their fleets. Some of the most common objections include the fear of employee pushba...Read More

Grounding System Maintenance Guide

Grounding System Maintenance Guide

Standards addressing design and measurement procedures BY ALEX MOGILEVSKY, CEATI International & SHAWN OTAL, BABAK JAMALI, BYRON MA, METSCO Energy Solutions Grounding systems are a crucially important component of any power supply system, because they directly impact public and employee safety, supply system reli...Read More

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SECRET TO FLEET MANAGEMENT SUCCESS

How to make the most of innovative tools and best practices

ELECTRICAL TRAINING

Check out our new fall/winter 2015 schedule

EDITOR'S DESK

Underground Smart Grid Standards

ADVERTISER INDEX

Meet the advertisers of our April/May 2015 issue

EXPLORING ALTERNATIVE VEHICLE OPTIONS

How to improve mobile functionality for utility workers

CONNECTING WORKERS TO VEHICLES

How to improve information flow with tech-enabled fleets

THE GREAT DEBATE

Evaluating the benefits of fleet tracking solutions

GROUNDING SYSTEM MAINTENANCE GUIDE

Standards addressing design and measurement procedures

A DANGER TO RELIABILITY

How the power industry is responding to geomagnetic disturbances

TRACKING THE SMART CITY TREND

How utilities can profit from forthcoming changes and technologies

TRANSMISSION PLANNING

Protecting the physical security of the power grid

UNDERGROUND T&D

Underground Smart Grid

SMART GRID

Moving the Smart Grid to the field

ELECTRICAL SUBSTATIONS

Demystifying Ethernet cable selection

POWER TRANSFORMERS

Crunching the numbers for transformer loss costs

EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS

Meet the contributors of our April/May 2015 issue

Recent Articles

Smart Grid
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Moving Smart Grid to the Field

Intelligent planning for a successful Smart Grid deployment plan

BY JOHN FINNIGAN, Environmental Defense Fund

Ben Franklin famously said, “If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail”. This saying certainly holds true for Smart Grid deployments, which can cost utilities several hundred million dollars. Given these high stakes, effective planning is essential. (more…)


Electrical Substations
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Grounding System Maintenance Guide

Standards addressing design and measurement procedures

BY ALEX MOGILEVSKY, CEATI International & SHAWN OTAL, BABAK JAMALI, BYRON MA, METSCO Energy Solutions

Grounding systems are a crucially important component of any power supply system, because they directly impact public and employee safety, supply system reliability, power quality and life expectancy of power equipment. In spite of their crucial role in safe, reliable, and economic operation of power supply systems, grounding systems do not receive the same level of preventative maintenance as other infrastructure assets. (more…)


Smart Metering
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Wireless Technology for Electric Utilities

Moving the intelligence around the Smart Grid

BY MARY BETH SMITH, TESSCO

The electric industry is making the transformation from a centralized, producer-controlled network to one that is less centralized and more consumer interactive. An automated, widely distributed energy delivery network, the Smart Grid, is characterized by a two-way flow of electricity and information, and potentially is capable of monitoring everything from power plants to customer behavior to individual appliance performance. (more…)


Overhead T&D
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Scheduling Vegetation Maintenance Activities

How to adopt best practices to improve reliability and reduce costs

BY PHILIP CHARLTON, Utility Arborist Association

Electric utilities have always faced the challenge of determining the optimum frequency of maintenance operations for the control of trees and brush growing near the electric system. Utilities must balance the cost of maintenance with the cost and impact of avoiding or deferring action. (more…)


Underground Distribution
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Underground Smart Grid

Exploring technologies that improve system reliability and resilience

BY PHILL FELTHAM, Editor-in-Chief

In recent years, the cost to bury high-voltage power lines has decreased dramatically. The American Transmission Company reports that installation costs for underground transmission lines (over 100 kilovolts) are now only 2.5 to 10 times the cost of an equivalent overhead line. Consequently, the number of underground transmission line projects has exploded in recent years and the number of underground high-voltage power lines operating in the United States have dramatically increased. (more…)


Power Transformers
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Prevent Transformer Shutdown

Prevent power failure with these five suggestions

BY ALAN OBER, Electric Service Company

Power transformers seldom shutdown; however, if a shutdown occurs, the effects would be immediate and devastating to utility operations. According to “An Analysis of Transformer Failures” by William H. Bartley, P.E., on behalf of the Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company, the average age at the time of failure ranged from only 9.4 to 14.9 years. This revelation is enough to prompt utilities to take a second look at their policies and practices when dealing with transformer failures. This article provides five suggestions that can help point utilities in the right direction. (more…)


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Electric Utility System Standards

How Ontario regulation can improve electrical safety

BY BILL KHASHFE, London Hydro

According to the 2012 Ontario Electrical Safety Report, 35 percent of the province’s electrical-related fatalities in the past 10 years were attributed to power-line contact. Equipment specifications and electric utility construction plans within Ontario’s power industry, only a few decades ago, lacked regulation. Each utility developed its own policies. (more…)