Smart Grid in North and South America

Smart Grid in North and South America

Market developments toward grid modernization 17% Compound annual growth rate (CAGR) at which the U.S. SCADA market revenue is expected to grow during the 2014 to 2020 period At this point, the CAGR for U.S. SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) market revenue has increased from $0.8 billion in 2009 to $2...Read More

Shedding Light on North America’s Power System

Shedding Light on North America's Power System

What is next for the century-old electricity grid? BY MALCOLM METCALFE, ENBALA Power Networks Today’s power system is undergoing a paradigm shift that is changing many fundamental design principles that have been in use for nearly 100 years. The existing grid has been carefully planned and designed based on a few s...Read More

Optimizing Enterprise with Analytics

Optimizing Enterprise with Analytics

How utilities can become data-driven organizations As industry challenges continue to grow, the pressure on utilities to optimize their operations has never been stronger. From amplified pressure to manage customer relationships more effectively to the ever-present need to cut operational costs, utilities are challeng...Read More

Enhance Data Center Security

Enhance Data Center Security

How utilities can protect operations from penetration BY MICHAEL STUBER, Itron For utilities deploying Smart Grid solutions, the major security concern is often the field devices. Utilities and vendors have long understood that field devices such as meters, switches, routers, and concentrators are directly exposed an...Read More

Confronting Physical and Smart Grid Insecurities

Confronting Physical and Smart Grid Insecurities

How awareness can help secure the power grid BY JEFFREY KATZ, IBM A central issue in cyber risk management for electric utilities is how to be aware of threat vectors. To increase awareness, utilities must first look at the origin of threats and develop risk-based thinking to mitigate them. Once threats are known and...Read More

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Smart Grid in North and South America

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Smart Grid
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Smart Grid in North and South America

Market developments toward grid modernization

17%
Compound annual growth rate (CAGR) at which the U.S. SCADA market revenue is expected to grow during the 2014 to 2020 period
At this point, the CAGR for U.S. SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) market revenue has increased from $0.8 billion in 2009 to $2.3 billion in 2013…. Read More


Electrical Substations
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Electrical Substation Maintenance

Improving safety and methodology techniques to protect utility workers

BY LARRY LAWRENCE, Lineman’s Testing Laboratories of Canada

In 1990, many workplace safety hazards were consistently ignored as if they were “acceptable risk” and an expected part of a worker’s daily routine. Not surprisingly, many workers who performed routine testing and maintenance procedures in high-voltage substations experienced serious and, in some… 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


Overhead T&D
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Aging Infrastructure and Grid Modernization

Asset and risk management for electric utilities

BY SIRI VARADAN, UISOL, & SERGE VANASSE, Clevest

Aging transmission and distribution (T&D) infrastructure is a critical issue for electric utilities, resulting in the need for utilities to make decisions regarding the replacement, repair, or refurbishment of their assets under a constrained investment environment and other factors.

North American electric utilities are faced with… 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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Purchasing Reconditioned Electrical Equipment

Debunking the myths about tested and refurbished equipment

BY RISHI SUDAN, RS Electrical Supply

Extending the lifecycle of capital equipment such as 15-kilovolt circuit breakers, switchgear, and transformers through testing and reconditioning saves time and money by cutting down on new equipment purchases and eliminating associated downtime with major equipment replacement.

However, many utilities doubt the reliability of reconditioned electrical equipment… Read More


Linemen Safety
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2014 Lineman Safety Report

The coming revolution in utility worker injury prevention

BY JIM WALTERS, EdD, Power of Learning, Inc.

Thomas Watson who was president of IBM in the 1950s said, “All the problems of the world could be settled easily if men were only willing to think.” This quote is especially appropriate for the power industry.

Specifically, the industry’s rate of accidents, which has… Read More