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Asset Management & Maintenance


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 monitoring the condition of assets, providing enhanced situational awareness, and faster actionable...

Utility Automation & Monitoring


Smart Metering


Tracking Smart City Trends

Already, smart city technologies are strong in Europe and the Middle East. Now, cities all over North America are joining the smart cities movement as well. Once the journey begins, a city quickly realizes that it cannot become smart and sustainable without the help of its electric power utility....

Distribution Automation


Improving Grid Cyber Security

Addressing the impacts and the drawbacks BY ELIZAVETA MALASHENKO, CHRIS VILLARREAL, & J. DAVID ERICKSON, California Public Utilities Commission With grid modernization or “Smart Grid” efforts underway, cyber security is being recognized as an increasingly important factor in ensuring...

Substation Automation


Moving Smart Grid to the Field

Ben Franklin famously said, “If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail”. This saying certainly holds true for Smart Grid deployments, which can cost utilities several hundred million dollars. Given these high stakes, effective planning is essential. Many North American electric utilities...

Energy Storage & Grid Integration


Deep Packet Inspection Firewalls

Protecting legacy SCADA systems from cyberattacks BY ERIC BYRES, Belden Over the past decade, the power industry has embraced network technologies such as Ethernet and transmission control protocol (TCP)/Internet protocol suite (IP) for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and...

T&D Automation

Connecting Hydropower to the Electric Grid

Quantifying investments for plant upgrades and new pumped storage

BY LINDSEY ROGERS, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

In the early 1900s, hydro was the mainstay generation resource. Today, it has evolved to be a less prominent, but still highly valued, flexible form of renewable generation. As variable wind and solar power are utilized, hydro and grid flexibility, particularly pumped storage, are expected to play an important role. However, electric-system modeling and resource planning amid abundant...

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