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ELP Volume 80 Issue 6

Next generation CIS: Modularity and adaptability

Incremental [CIS] upgrades could allow companies to capture benefits sooner than they could by replacing an entire system.

Primer on transmission: AC vs. DC

The AC vs. DC question has been around since the earliest days of electric power, going back to that golden era when Edison and Westinghouse duked it out-verbally, of course-over the issue. (Edison liked DC; Westinghouse favored AC.)

Data: Your secret weapon

The logic behind deregulation is not hard to grasp: open the utility industry to competition, and improvements in efficiency, responsiveness, and price will naturally follow.

Your money or your life: Things you didn’t know to ask about AMR contracts

Many of the best-managed utilities in the U.S. are concluding that they cannot afford not to acquire a pervasive AMR capability.

Vision 21 partial gasification module moves to pilot plant testing phase

Foster Wheeler Development Corporation is working under a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) contract to develop a partial gasification module (PGM) that represents a critical element of several potential coal-fired Vision 21 plants.

Web-enabling the nuclear plant

Web technology, with its ability to allow seamless transactions between dissimilar systems and apply technology like wireless communication, is making business processes far more flexible and efficient than ever before.

Study says e-procurement brings savings

Companies transforming their supply management practices via e-procurement technology stand to realize savings 13 times greater than their investments in the technology and associated implementation and change management.

IT BRIEFS

GE releases SCADA software

Credibility in jeopardy

Category: Embarrassing Marketing blurbs. For $500: Reliant's last straw that broke the credibility camel's back. Answer: "What is 'electricity from people you can trust'?"

Passage of Senate bill means time to reconcile

In late April, the U.S. Senate finally passed its own version of an energy bill. (The House had done so last August.)