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ELP Volume 80 Issue 2
The headlines have been screaming for over a year about the pros and cons of deregulation, and no two states have held more symbolic positions in that debate than Pennsylvania and California-the alpha and omega of electric restructuring.
In the current environment of increasing deregulation, the expansion potential of distributed generation (DG) systems is quite substantial. However, the spread of DG will vary substantially by region and technology.
The grid is 99.9 percent reliable, which sounds fabulous. Yet, it leaves almost nine hours of downtime per year that end users must contend with, and, for some industries, it can be a hardship. There are, however, a number of options available to deal with the grid's ups and downs.
Electro Industries/GaugeTech, a strategic partner of General Electric, has introduced the DMMS 350 three-phase power meter with built in Ethernet LAN connectivity. The meter provides access to all voltage, current and power valves and reports information using Modbus TCP/IP protocol.
The utilities industry is in the throes of converging into a structure in which single source utility and infrastructure providers will offer better quality products and services, faster implementation and an overall lower cost of delivery.