Stimulating Electric Utility Innovation

Stimulating Electric Utility Innovation

Calling utilities and regulators to move forward with new ideas A significant regulatory barrier stands in the way of innovation in Canada’s gas and electric utility sectors. Current regulatory practices were designed for existing and relatively low-risk technologies rather than innovative new technologies and servi...Read More

Reliability Vs. Vegetation

Reliability Vs. Vegetation

Florida Power & Light takes steps to keep lights on Managing vegetation (that is, trees, bushes and other neighboring plants) around power lines is a top priority for electric utilities. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), unmanaged vegetation can cause electricity outages, wildfires, soil...Read More

Control Center Security

Control Center Security

How utilities can protect bulk electric system control centers BY ANDREW GINTER, Waterfall Security While industry experts debate the likelihood of an attack against the power grid, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has already issued an alert that such threats are real and are on the rise. In fact, anyt...Read More

Benefiting from OHSMS Systems

Benefiting from OHSMS Systems

How to protect workers with an occupational health and safety management  system BY IVANA STRGACIC, Strategies for the Environment Inc. Reliability (that is, keeping the lights on) is at the forefront of electric utility business plans. Another important item that takes priority in these plans is electrical safety. ...Read More

Field Worker Connectivity: Mobile technology for utilities

Field Worker Connectivity: Mobile technology for utilities

Moving mobile technology to the job site BY SCOTT BALL, Motion Computing The world looks very different from the top of a utility pole, or from a manhole on an underground power junction. As electric utilities expand the deployment of technology to their field workers, it is becoming more critical that information te...Read More

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2014 T&D YEAR IN REVIEW

Wandering from a traditional to a modern, smarter grid

ELECTRICAL TRAINING

Our new courses for 2015 are here

EDITOR'S DESK

Let's sing a swan song for coal

THE 2014 POST-CUEE REPORT

Exclusive event review plus comments from this year's exhibitors

OUTAGE MANAGEMENT TOOLBOX

Nine capabilities required for an effective OMS system

MAKING WAVES

The evolution of utility pole engineering

FIELD WORKER CONNECTIVITY

Moving mobile technology to the job site

MOBILE WORKFORCE USING AUGMENTED REALITY

Plugging workers into data analytics and information technologies

SMART GRID

How utilities can protect bulk electric system control centers

ELECTRICAL SUBSTATIONS

Improve protection with a layered security approach

SMART METERING

Leveraging AMI to improve grid reliability and outage response

OVERHEAD T&D

Taking 3-D drawing techniques to new technological heights

LINEMAN SAFETY

How to protect workers with an OHSMS system

THE BULLETIN BOARD

Electricity exports: Reviewing Canada’s cross-border power trade

UTILITY SPOTLIGHT

Reliability Vs. Vegetation: Florida Power & Light keeps lights on

AT YOUR SERVICE

2013 North American Winter Storm: Utility arborists lend a helping hand

JUST THE FACTS

Stimulating innovation: Calling utilities to move forward with new ideas

ADVERTISER INDEX

Meet the advertisers of our November/December issue

TRADE SHOW NEWSREEL

Upcoming power industry events

EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS

Meet the contributors of our November/December issue

Recent Articles

Smart Grid
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Control Center Security

How utilities can protect bulk electric system control centers

BY ANDREW GINTER, Waterfall Security

While industry experts debate the likelihood of an attack against the power grid, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has already issued an alert that such threats are real and are on the rise. In fact, anything that is accessible directly or indirectly via the Internet is open to hacking, and the power grid is no exception. (more…)


Electrical Substations
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Substation Security

Improve protection with a layered security approach

BY ERIC BYRES, Belden Inc.

An age-old joke in the North American power industry states that if Alexander Graham Bell walked in the room today, he would not recognize the telephone, the technology, or its business model. However, if Thomas Edison walked in, he would still understand the current state of electricity and power generation and distribution. Utility engineers have one of the hardest jobs in the world: delivering safe, reliable power, at all times—and that does not mean just keeping the lights on by protecting against extreme weather or failed equipment. (more…)


Smart Metering
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How AMI Can Improve Grid Reliability and Outage Response

Leveraging AMI to improve grid reliability and outage response

BY TIM WOLF, Itron

Getting a handle on overall grid reliability and outage trends for the entire U.S. can be challenging. Despite generally high reliability numbers, power outages are occurring more frequently and the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that outages cost the American economy as much $150 billion per year. Unfortunately, outages are affecting more people and lasting longer than just a decade ago. These facts are due, at least in part, to a combination of underinvestment in the power grid over the past quarter century, continually increasing demand for electricity among businesses and consumers, and the more frequent occurrence of severe storms. (more…)


Overhead T&D
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Reliability Vs. Vegetation

Florida Power & Light takes steps to keep lights on

Managing vegetation (that is, trees, bushes and other neighboring plants) around power lines is a top priority for electric utilities. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), unmanaged vegetation can cause electricity outages, wildfires, soil erosion, and water quality issues. These unfortunate incidents can damage the power grid, resulting in serious consequences such as reliability, environmental, and national security problems. (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 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. (more…)


Linemen Safety
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Benefiting from OHSMS Systems

How to protect workers with an occupational health and safety management  system

BY IVANA STRGACIC, Strategies for the Environment Inc.

Reliability (that is, keeping the lights on) is at the forefront of electric utility business plans. Another important item that takes priority in these plans is electrical safety. Linemen are part of the overall equation when power outages occur, so implementing the most efficient business safety practices possible is paramount. One way that utilities can achieve zero injuries in the workplace is by implementing an occupational health and safety management system (OHSMS). (more…)