White Paper: Stimulating Innovation for Electric Utilities

White Paper: Stimulating Innovation for Electric Utilities

What is the purpose of this report? This discussion paper addresses a significant barrier to innovation in Canada’s gas and electric utility sectors—that current regulatory practices across the provinces and territories were designed for existing and relatively low-risk technologies rather than innovative new tech...Read More

Emergency Response Kitting

Emergency Response Kitting

Equipping utilities to restore power quickly and efficiently BY JOE D’ORAZIO, HD Supply Power Solutions In the days before Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of the United States, knocking out power from North Carolina to Maine and as far inland as Western Pennsylvania, utility contractors were busy preparing for a...Read More

Conductive Glues

Conductive Glues

Electrically conductive pastes in high-voltage transformers BY LISA RINALDO, Prohm-tect As with other components of North American infrastructure such as wastewater and stormwater systems, much of the continent’s electrical grid faces long-term problems. Aging facilities, rising energy demand, and the need to avoid...Read More

Facing Climate Change Challenges

Facing Climate Change Challenges

Overcoming everyday challenges with modern solutions BY DAVE BRYANT, CTC Global Corporation Utilities constantly face challenges associated with climate change. While coal plants are being retired as natural gas and renewable sources are being brought online to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, climate change is creat...Read More

Protecting Substations Against Animal Invaders

Protecting Substations Against Animal Invaders

A closer look at animal-caused outages at substations BY BILL REICHARD, TransGard Systems Every year, squirrels, raccoons, snakes, and other climbing animals cause substation outages across North America. According to a 2010 University of Minnesota study, the resulting estimated cost to electric utilities is between ...Read More

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TODAY’S ELECTRICITY

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ELECTRICAL TRAINING

Register for our new high-voltage grounding course

EDITOR'S DESK

Utilities await new physical security standard

THE DOBLE 2014 CIRCUIT BREAKER TEST & MAINTENANCE REVIEW

Focusing on maintenance, testing, and asset management programs for circuit breakers

VEGETATION MANAGEMENT BEST PRACTICES

Reduce common risks and maintain system reliability

ANIMAL MITIGATION FOR ELECTRIC UTILITIES

Prevent animal- and bird-caused outages to improve reliability

WORKING WITH THIRD-PARTY COMPANIES

How utilities can outsource essential functions or services

ADOPTING SMART GRID STANDARDS

Utilize industry guidelines for modern and future technologies

INFRASTRUCTURE REALITIES

How weather affects power quality on the electric grid

SMART GRID

Distribution management ecosystems

ELECTRICAL SUBSTATIONS

A closer look at animal-caused outages at substations

POWER TRANSFORMERS

Electrically conductive pastes in high-voltage transformers

OVERHEAD T&D

Working live on transmission line structures

LINEMAN SAFETY

Misconceptions about using flame-resistant clothing

SMART METERING

In-home display connectivity

UTILITY SPOTLIGHT

How to improve crew management

THE BULLETIN BOARD

Climate Change: Overcoming everyday challenges with modern solutions

AT YOUR SERVICE

Emergency response kitting

JUST THE FACTS

Historical facts on Toronto Hydro demand response program

ADVERTISER INDEX

Meet the advertisers of our September/October issue

EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS

Meet the contributors of our September/October issue

Recent Articles

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Emergency Power for Data Centers

Why not all static UPS systems are created equal

BY KARLA E. BERT, P.E., Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.

In our cloud-based digital world, data must be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week—no matter the state of the electrical grid. Computer downtime not only affects production, but also negatively affects customer good will—quickly affecting an organization’s bottom line. In fact, according to the Meta Group, the cost of downtime can average a million dollars per hour for a typical data center. For this reason, Global Industry Analysts, a marketing research firm, predicts that the global uninterruptible power supply (UPS) market will reach $14 billion (USD) by 2017. However, it is important to know that not all static UPS systems are created equal. (more…)


Electrical Substations
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Protecting Substations Against Animal Invaders

A closer look at animal-caused outages at substations

BY BILL REICHARD, TransGard Systems

Every year, squirrels, raccoons, snakes, and other climbing animals cause substation outages across North America. According to a 2010 University of Minnesota study, the resulting estimated cost to electric utilities is between $15 million and $18 million per year. However, when commercial entities and consumer frustration are taken into consideration, the overall cost of these outages to electric utilities can cost the U.S. economy between $80 billion and $188 billion per year. (more…)


Smart Metering
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In-Home Display Connectivity

Optimizing conservation benefits through AMI

BY MELODY TOMKOW, Aztech Associates

The conservation benefits of ‘real-time’ electricity consumption information provided by home energy monitors, also known as in-home displays, have been studied repeatedly over the past decade. Recent studies such as the NV Energy’s “2011 Annual Demand Side Management Update Report” report a household electricity consumption reduction of 3.5 percent to nine percent.

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Overhead T&D
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Working Live on Transmission Line Structures

Developing protective coating maintenance strategies

BY GEORGE JUHN & ALEX MOGILEVSKY, CEATI International

Aging of the electrical transmission infrastructure has resulted in an increased need for maintenance to ensure a reliable supply of power to customers who have higher expectations than ever before. Further complicating the situation is an increase in electrical congestion and the financial implications of shutting down a supply or network line for extended periods of time to carry out the required maintenance. In response to these system, financial, and customer demands, many utilities are led to perform maintenance on energized transmission lines.

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Underground Distribution
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Detecting Faults in Underground Networks

Enhancing protection using directional faulted circuit indicators

BY CHRISTOPHER EVANICH, Thomas & Betts

Underground electrical networks provide reliable service to end users, but create problems for utility personnel in locating faults. Electric utilities who utilize an underground network could spend several weeks trying to locate a fault or potentially not even be able to locate it until a second fault occurs. (more…)


Power Transformers
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Conductive Glues

Electrically conductive pastes in high-voltage transformers

BY LISA RINALDO, Prohm-tect

As with other components of North American infrastructure such as wastewater and stormwater systems, much of the continent’s electrical grid faces long-term problems. Aging facilities, rising energy demand, and the need to avoid power outages challenge utilities everywhere.

Perhaps this harsh reality is epitomized with high-voltage power transformers, the kind used to transmit electricity long distances over power lines, as these giants form an integral part of the far-reaching network.

According to the “Large Power Transformers and the U.S. Electric Grid” report by the Infrastructure Security and Energy Restoration Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability (ISER) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the total number of large power transformers installed in North America is estimated in the tens of thousands. The previously mentioned DOE study and the “Transformers and the Electrical Grid System” report, published by Electro-Federation Canada, states that a boom in industrial growth after World War II caused a large increase in the number of power transformers in electric utilities. Most of these utility assets are now at the end of their lifecycle.


Linemen Safety
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Distracted Driving Equals Disaster

Removing hazards caused from in-vehicle computing

BY SCOTT BALL, Motion Computing

No utility company would send a worker out in a truck with a known safety defect. North American electric utilities may not realize, however, that by failing to ensure that computing devices are used safely within their vehicles, management could be putting their employees and the public at risk. Even worse, if an accident was to occur, the utility could be held liable. Access to mobile computing is now the rule rather than the exception. (more…)