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Aging Cable Infrastructure

The 2014 Annual Energy Outlook Report compiled by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts that total electricity demand will grow by 29 percent...

Q&A: Transmission Line Inspection Using Robotics

A: Hydro-Québec’s power transmission system, the most extensive in North America, covers close to 34,000 km. Similar to many power utilities, we need thorough...

Aging Infrastructure: How to Save Aging Assets

Applying limited resources to critical, aging infrastructure BY MASSOUD AMIN, IEEE Smart Grid, University of Minnesota The Smart Grid’s contributions to improving electric utilities’ means of...

Lightning Discoveries & Technologies

How this phenomenon affects electric utilities BY JIM SIEBERT, FOX 26 Chief Meteorologist Advances in technology are helping scientists understand lightning in ways that were not...

Fighting Wildfires to Increase Pole Protection

Evaluating pole selection for increased protection BY BUTCH BERNHARDT, North American Wood Pole Council The number of wildland fires reached record levels in many states in...

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...

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...

Transmission Line Design

Taking 3-D drawing techniques to new technological heights BY BOB ZAPPITELLI, & HAROLD HARKONEN, Nordmin Engineering Historically, transmission line design and drafting has been an arduous...

The Evolution of Utility Pole Engineering

Lessons learned and importance of data surveys BY CLAYTON JAMISON UYEDE, UTS Consultants Back in 2004, the Electrical Safety Authority, the workplace safety regulator for the...

Weathering the Power Quality Storm

How weather affects power quality on the electric grid BY ALDEN WRIGHT & MARK STEPHENS, Electric Power Research Institute Utilities have long understood that weather and...

Facing Climate Change Challenges

Overcoming everyday challenges with modern solutions BY DAVE BRYANT, CTC Global Corporation Utilities constantly face challenges associated with climate change. While coal plants are being retired...

Working Live on Transmission Line Structures

Developing protective coating maintenance strategies BY GEORGE JUHN & ALEX MOGILEVSKY, CEATI International Aging of the electrical transmission infrastructure has resulted in an increased need for...