The Copper Theft Outbreak

The Copper Theft Outbreak

How utilities can stand firm to protect the power grid BY THE CANADIAN ELECTRICITY ASSOCIATION (CEA) Copper is a ductile and malleable metallic element that conducts heat and electricity. It is widely used for electrical wiring, water piping, and corrosion-resistant parts. In addition, copper is the preferred electri...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

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

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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REGISTER FOR THE GRID MODERNIZATION FORUM

Utilizing innovation to modernize the power grid

EDITOR'S DESK

Copper theft: A call to action

THE COPPER THEFT OUTBREAK

How utilities can stand firm to protect the power grid

INTELLIGENT UNDERGROUND DISTRIBUTION

Unearthing the potential in Smart Grid technologies

GRID MODERNIZATION STRATEGIES

Moving utilities toward a modern energy system

UTILITIES UNITED

Working together to transform the power industry

SMART GRID

Exploring communications for real-time network visibility

UNDERGROUND T&D

Gas-insulated switchgear options for substations

ELECTRICAL SUBSTATIONS

How to predict field life using vacuum interrupter testing

OVERHEAD T&D

Distribution grid monitoring technologies

SMART METERING

Machine-to-machine communications

LINEMAN SAFETY

Reducing hazard risk with Smart Grid line sensors

THE BULLETIN BOARD

Purchasing reconditioned electrical assets

UTILITY SPOTLIGHT

Green Mountain Power: Deploying automated callout to speed crew response

NEWSREEL

How technology and data can solve industry challenges

ADVERTISER INDEX

The advertisers of April 2014

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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.

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Selecting Substation Medium-Voltage Switchgear: GIS vs. AIS

Understanding differences between GIS and AIS in five points

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Taking metering technologies to the next level

BY BRIAN SEAL, Electric Power Research Institute

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The Copper Theft Outbreak

How utilities can stand firm to protect the power grid

BY THE CANADIAN ELECTRICITY ASSOCIATION (CEA)

Copper is a ductile and malleable metallic element that conducts heat and electricity. It is widely used for electrical wiring, water piping, and corrosion-resistant parts. In addition, copper is the preferred electrical conductor in almost all categories of electrical wiring and is used extensively… Read More


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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


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Renewable Insulation Liquids for Transformers

Turning electrical assets into green machines

BY RONNY FRITSCHE & GEORG PUKEL, Siemens AG

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