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The SIMEAS P digital power meter, designed for power stations and industrial and commercial installations, features built-in Profibus DP high-speed communica- tions capability up to 12 Mbps. Information includes 3-phase power, energy, power factor, frequency, total harmonic distortion, voltage unbalance, current unbalance, and demand calculations as well as stored minimum and maximum values.
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An administrative law judge ordered OG&E Electric Services and AEP/CSW to approach the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) and conduct joint planning to determine effects the AEP/CSW merger would have on regional transmission. At press time, a solution was to be forwarded to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission by June 14.
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CH-Expert Designer provides tools for connecting new customers and managing construction and maintenance processes within the Smallworld GIS environment. Four integrated components are: Fast Model; Work Manager; Electric or Gas Design Optimization; and Design QC. The product also provides off-the-shelf data model templates that help utilities accelerate implementations of Smallworld Systems software.
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In August 1995, Terra Group and Neil Palmer and Associates asked senior electric power staff specialists at 20 state regulatory commissions around the country about the potential impact of electricity deregulation on transmission line siting and construction. Most of these specialists acknowledged that deregulation would probably complicate the already difficult task of obtaining environmental and other permits for new high-voltage lines. Regulators were especially skeptical about regional trans
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In the late 1800s, barbed wires crisscrossing prairies and rangelands often led to territorial disputes among ranchers in rural areas. Today, wires continue to be the subject of territorial disputes in many of those same regions, but the focus is no longer on fence posts strung with barbed galvanized wires. Instead, heads turn upwards to poles and towers with aluminum-steel conductors stretching for miles across croplands and pastures, and investor-owned utilities (IOUs) and rural electric coop
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Entergy filed a transco plan with FERC proposing the transfer of transmission assets to the transco. In exchange, member companies would receive passive ownership, but no voting rights. With control of transmission assets, the transco would fully operate and maintain transmission systems and would assess the need for new transmission considering other resource options as part of an annual regional planning process.
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Independent transmission system operators (ITSOs) are adopting diverse strategies for addressing the physical and political needs of their regions. They are entrusted with the complicated tasks of ensuring non-discriminatory and reliable transmission access, administering regional transmission tariffs, and in some cases, operating power exchanges.
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FirstEnergy asked FERC for permission to transfer all of its transmission facilities to a privately owned transmission company, American Transmission Systems (ATSI). FirstEnergy companies that would transfer transmission assets include: Ohio Edison, Cleveland Electric Illuminating, Toledo Edison and Pennsylvania Power. FirstEnergy is attempting to comply with FERC`s November order that asked the company to develop a plan outlining its participation in the Midwest ISO or another appropriate regio
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Maui Electric Co. chose Intergraph Utilities` geospatial resource management solution. The contract includes software and implemen- tation services, and is based on Intergraph`s fast-start electric template, which contains an industry-standard data model, symbol library, placement functions, trace routines and reports. Basing the system on template technology shortens the design and development cycle. The system includes Intergraph`s ActiveFRAMME AM/FM/GIS software; Field View for seamless map v
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CMP Group closed the $846.5 million sale of its Central Maine Power unit`s power plants (1,185 MW total) to FPL Group. FPL Group won a six-month bidding process but filed suit in November 1998 to back out of the deal, claiming federal orders calling for changes in New England`s regional transmission policies were a "material adverse event" under terms of the contract that released it from its obligation to complete the purchase. However, a federal court in New York City ruled in favor of CMP.