2015 Asset Management Plan

2015 Asset Management Plan

Taking a predictive, proactive approach to maintenance BY RODGER SMITH, Oracle Utilities Delivering highly reliable, low-cost service that customers value and regulators demand is becoming ever more difficult as each year passes. The challenges to doing so are not confined to just one service type. Electric, gas and ...Read More

Substation Maintenance Best Practices

Substation Maintenance Best Practices

Improving substation maintenance best practices for greater success BY BUDO MILOVIC, DV-Power Currently, substation maintenance—regular or emergency—operations and best practices must fit the utility’s goal of accomplishing more with less, in order to maximize assets and minimize outages. A caveat to this weig...Read More

Transmission Towers in Demand

Transmission Towers in Demand

Study shows growth from now to 2020 Aging infrastructure and increased demand for power has amplified the demand for transmission towers. In their latest report ,“The Global Market for Electricity Towers and Poles 2014 to 2020”, StatPlan Energy, specialists in the electricity sector, forecasts global demand for tr...Read More

Priority to Asset Management

Priority to Asset Management

Time to focus on planning contingencies and balancing risk BY DON ANGELL AND MARK RIVERS, Doble Engineering Company By definition for electric utilities, asset management refers to an established system used to monitor and maintain valuable commodities such as transformers and power lines. Utilities use asset managem...Read More

Demand Response Communications

Demand Response Communications

Weighing choices from AMI to Zigbee to Wi-Fi and cellular BY HOWARD NG, Comverge The demand response industry is currently experiencing some of its greatest success currently in the marketplace. However, similar to all technologies that stand the test of time, demand response started somewhere different from where th...Read More

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POWER INDUSTRY’S VISION STATEMENT

Strategies to move the electricity sector into the future

ELECTRICAL TRAINING

Upgrade your skills today

EDITOR'S DESK

Power industry moves forward

ADVERTISER INDEX

Meet the advertisers of our January/February 2015 issue

PRIORITY TO ASSET MANAGEMENT

Time to focus on planning contingencies and balancing risk

2015 ASSET MANAGEMENT PLAN

Taking a predictive, proactive approach to maintenance

LIGHTNING DISCOVERIES & TECHNOLOGIES

How this phenomenon affects electric utilities

HOW TO SAVE AGING ASSETS

Applying limited resources to critical infrastructure

PROTECTIVE RELAY FRUSTRATIONS

Solving misoperation with line parameter measurements

INTEGRATED ENERGY FORECASTING

Improving T&D planning operations

SMART GRID

Integrated security operations centers (ISOC) for electric utilities

ELECTRICAL SUBSTATIONS

How to improve maintenance best practices

SMART METERING

Demand response communications

OVERHEAD T&D

Vegetation management on transmission lines

UNDERGROUND T&D

Underground cable problems

LINEMAN SAFETY

Fall protection becomes mandatory

POWER TRANSFORMERS

Aluminum or copper: the truth about cast-resin transformers

THE BULLETIN BOARD

Geo-targeting with data analytics

UTILITY SPOTLIGHT

PSE&G reflects on Hurricane Sandy

AT YOUR SERVICE

Evaluating pole selection for increased protection

JUST THE FACTS

Transmission towers in demand

TRADE SHOW NEWSREEL

Upcoming power industry events

EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS

Meet the contributors of our January/February 2015 issue

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Smart Grid
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Power Industry Moves Forward

Electric utilities embrace Smart Grid technologies

BY PHILL FELTHAM, Editor-in-Chief
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Compared to other industries, the power sector has been called conservative and slow-paced when adapting new technologies. However, power sector participants are changing their attitude toward new technologies such as the Smart Grid, which, consequently, is causing market growth as well as an increase in revenues. (more…)


Electrical Substations
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Substation Maintenance Best Practices

Improving substation maintenance best practices for greater success

BY BUDO MILOVIC, DV-Power

Currently, substation maintenance—regular or emergency—operations and best practices must fit the utility’s goal of accomplishing more with less, in order to maximize assets and minimize outages. A caveat to this weighty goal is to accomplish more with less with a reduced workforce and under tight budgets. Field workers face this reality daily. Therefore, to overcome such challenges, maintenance crews have to be properly equipped and trained for these everyday demanding tasks. (more…)


Smart Metering
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Demand Response Communications

Weighing choices from AMI to Zigbee to Wi-Fi and cellular

BY HOWARD NG, Comverge

The demand response industry is currently experiencing some of its greatest success currently in the marketplace. However, similar to all technologies that stand the test of time, demand response started somewhere different from where the technology is now. The communication protocols available for demand response participants and their respective utilities, in particular, have evolved significantly. (more…)


Overhead T&D
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Transmission Towers in Demand

Study shows growth from now to 2020

Aging infrastructure and increased demand for power has amplified the demand for transmission towers. In their latest report ,“The Global Market for Electricity Towers and Poles 2014 to 2020”, StatPlan Energy, specialists in the electricity sector, forecasts global demand for transmission towers will increase at a 1.6 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from now to 2020. (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…)