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ELP Volume 80 Issue 10

Distributed knowledge management can enhance utility security

Information Systems (IS) are vital components of the control and management of power from generation to end-use. Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems, which allow a control center to collect electrical system data from nodes placed throughout the power system, would not be possible without modern IS infrastructure.

Microbes harvest electricity from waste organic matter

Every day plants store vast quantities of energy by fixing carbon dioxide into organic matter. Recent studies in our laboratory have demonstrated a strategy for converting this energy into electricity.

ASCE T&D conference presents engineer’s point-of-view

The American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE) 2002 Electrical Transmission Conference: Electrical Transmission in a New Age, held in Omaha, Neb., in September, brought engineers from all over the U.S. and Canada to share research, development and information on their T&D work.

Markets, capital, regulations top OEM execs’ concerns

We're all waiting for a turnaround in the economy for personal reasons, and for most of us, for business reasons as well.

ComEd, Ill. Wind Energy partner for farm

ComEd, Illinois Wind Energy and Tomen Power Corp. announced plans for creating the "first commercial wind farm in Illinois," according to the companies. The Crescent Ridge wind energy project will become one of the largest wind farms east of the Mississippi River and will generate enough renewable energy to power approximately 20,000 Illinois homes.

Progress Energy implements on-line distribution fault location

Locating faults on distribution lines has historically involved information from a variety of sources including customers, 911 emergency calls, and outage predictions from the OMS. Sometimes this information leads directly to the faulted line location.