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2015: The Year on Fast Forward

The year 2015 has come and gone so quickly. Those who work in the power industry will concur that time might move faster than the speed of light (figuratively), but a lot still can happen… read more »

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Outage Management Review: When the Lights Go Out

The occurrence of severe weather events is on the rise at an alarming rate. According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, extreme weather events that used to happen once every 40 years now occur as… read more »

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Outage Management Review: Outage Intelligence

The permeation of intelligence into the medium-voltage network is continuing apace, bringing the reality of the Smart Grid ever closer. One target of the Smart Grid is to improve service continuity by recognizing, locating, and… read more »

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Utilities Share Greatest Moments of 2015

DISTRIBUTION MANAGEMENT UPGRADES Duke Energy Upgrades and development of the distribution management system (DMS) at Duke Energy has been an area of significant focus during 2015. E-BILLING FOR CUSTOMERS Guelph Hydro In 2015, Guelph Hydro… read more »

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2015 T&D Year in Review

A massive transformation of the utility industry is well underway. A number of factors continue to drive this change concurrently with the ever-growing necessity to upgrade and improve resilience and flexibility of North America’s electrical… read more »

Smart Metering

The New Demand Response

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Demand response—in the traditional sense—is deceased. The new demand response, on the other hand, builds on lessons learned and provides the path for integration of technology, customers, and programs. This new definition of demand response is enabling active load management using price responsive demand as a component of a transactive energy portfolio, but first some history. Read more

State of Industry

2016: The Electricity of Tomorrow

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THE GRAND CHALLENGE
Design an electric power system that takes full advantage of the convergence of energy, communications, sensing, and computing technologies in a cyber-physical system that enables society to reach its diverse energy objectives, such as 50 percent renewables or 80 percent reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050. Part of the challenge is to make the transition to high levels of renewable resources transparent to users of electric energy where this transparency relates to both reliability of the electric supply as well as its economy. Read more

Overhead T&D

Outage Management: Restore Power in Less Time

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Improving power grid reliability is a major goal of the electric power industry and can reduce economic losses, lost productivity, and customer inconvenience from power disruptions. For several utilities, Smart Grid Investment Grant (SGIG) funding accelerated the application of fault location, isolation, and service restoration (FLISR) technologies and systems that help accomplish fewer and shorter outages. Read more

Overhead T&D

Xplore Unveils XSLATE D10 Rugged Android Tablet

Electrical Utilities Xplore D10

Xplore Technologies Corporation, manufacturer of the world’s broadest range of high-quality rugged tablet computers, recently launched the XSLATE D10. With four gigabytes (GB) of RAM of memory, 64GB of storage, and an Intel central processing unit (CPU), the XSLATE D10 pushes the boundaries of what is available on Android devices. The new XSLATE D10 provides customers with a full set of ports that cannot be found on other Android devices, including two USB 3.0, RJ-45, and an optional HDMI input, among other amazing features. Read more

Smart Grid

The Art of Communications Technology

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North America’s critical infrastructure grabs headlines in two ways. First, if catastrophe occurs (a switch opens or a transformer blows) or power grid equipment fails, the media will be on standby to report the story. Second, when political leaders talk about investing in critical infrastructure for the nation’s future, media representatives will be on hand to report the details to the public. Read more

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