Neighborhood Area Networks

Neighborhood Area Networks

Standardizing communication to achieve plug-and-play interoperability BY RYAN MALEY, ZigBee Alliance All over the world, there is increasing demand for standardizing communication in the Smart Grid. Electric utilities and their regulators are increasingly concerned with upgrading all aspects of the Smart Grid. Utili...Read More

Distribution Automation

Distribution Automation

A growing requirement for electrical grids BY SOWMYAVADHANA SRINIVASAN, GlobalData The concept of distribution automation came into play in the 1970s, after the need to enhance power-system reliability and efficiency saw the distribution system becoming increasingly automated. The main purpose was to utilize emerging...Read More

U.S. Electric Grid Under Cyberattack

U.S. Electric Grid Under Cyberattack

Taking a stand against threats to ensure reliability BY JOHN FINNIGAN, Environmental Defense Fund If Ben Franklin lived today, he might say that nothing is certain but death, taxes, and cyberattacks. The U.S. electric grid is under constant cyberattack, according to a survey of electric utilities by U.S. House Repres...Read More

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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

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Smart Grid
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Distribution Automation

A growing requirement for electrical grids

BY SOWMYAVADHANA SRINIVASAN, GlobalData

The concept of distribution automation came into play in the 1970s, after the need to enhance power-system reliability and efficiency saw the distribution system becoming increasingly automated. The main purpose was to utilize emerging information and communication technology to enhance the operating performance of distribution systems.

The increased interest in distribution… Read More


Electrical Substations
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3-D Design for Electrical Substations

Exploring 3-D design techniques for electrical substations

BY MIKE MINELLI, & HAROLD HARKONEN, Nordmin Engineering

Since the 1970s, engineering consulting firms typically have been designing substations using two-dimensional computer aided design software (CAD). This common technique produces two-dimensional drawings that are completed individually by designers. Any change to the design requires the designer to manually incorporate the change in each… Read More


Smart Metering
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Neighborhood Area Networks

Standardizing communication to achieve plug-and-play interoperability

BY RYAN MALEY, ZigBee Alliance

All over the world, there is increasing demand for standardizing communication in the Smart Grid. Electric utilities and their regulators are increasingly concerned with upgrading all aspects of the Smart Grid.

Utilities are taking actions to improve reliability and efficiency by upgrading infrastructure and adding communication throughout the entire grid…. Read More


Overhead T&D
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The Truth About Field Data Management

Field data management: The value and challenge of asset health insight

BY PAUL BARNETT, JOHN STEWART, Tennessee Valley Authority & PAT BROWN, Electric Power Research Institute

Intelligent management and operation of assets is of major importance to electric utilities. In an era where assets are being kept in service beyond their originally anticipated life spans, where replacement dollars are tight… Read More


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… Read More


Power Transformers
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Sweep Frequency Response Analysis

Sweep frequency response analysis: Reliable demagnetization of transformer cores

BY MARKUS PÜTTER, MICHAEL RÄDLER, BORIS UNTERER, OMICRON electronics GmbH

Whenever a power or distribution transformer is isolated from the power system, it is very probable that residual magnetism remains in the core due to the phase shift. However, residual magnetism also occurs when performing winding resistance tests.

Since manufacturers use these… Read More


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…. Read More