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

Managing Fleets with GPS Integration

Managing Fleets with GPS Integration

Integrating GPS tracking software to improve business operations BY JENNY MALCOLM, GPS Insight Software integration, the process of combining individual computing systems into a unified whole is important to electric and utility companies because it provides the full picture into all fleet activity. Integrating glob...Read More

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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 Representatives Henry Waxman and (now Senator) Edward Markey.

The grid was the… 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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Advanced Energy Meters and Power Quality

Addressing concerns from the utility and end user’s perspective

BY DAVID BOVANKOVICH, E-Mon

The increasing sophistication of commercial and industrial devices and equipment continues to drive the critical need for clean, dependable, stable electric power. As such, power quality continues to gain traction as a “front burner” issue for both utilities and ratepayers, primarily commercial, industrial, and other volume energy… Read More


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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


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Distracted Driving Equals Disaster

Removing hazards caused from in-vehicle computing

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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