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ELP Volume 80 Issue 8

Primer on ACSS/TW overhead conductor

The Aluminum Conductor Steel Supported (ACSS) bare overhead conductor was developed in the 1970s by the Electrical Division of Reynolds Metals (now part of General Cable Corp.). ACSS/TW (Trapezoidal ACSS) is an enhancement of the original product where the aluminum strands are pre-shaped into wedge-like shapes to fit tightly together and reduce empty spaces between strands.

Proponents of demand response trace its industry lifeline

In these days of round-trip trading and customer uncertainty, reliability and price stability are more important than ever. One possible solution being bandied about the industry is the concept of demand response.

Senate K-Os Nevada’s opposition to Yucca

In July, Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn took one on the chin in his battle to prevent the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository from popping up on the Clark County horizon. However, Guinn has vowed to continue the fight against burying nuclear waste inside the desert mountain.

Calling all T&D investors

FERC grabbed attention early this month when it filed its Standard Market Design (SMD) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR).

Pumping up utility EBPP

Electronic bill presentment and payment (EBPP) is the electronic presentation of recurring statements, bills, invoices, and related information sent by a company to its customers, and the corresponding electronic payment for goods or services.

IT Briefs

LASCOM announced that the energy merchant business unit of Cinergy Corp. selected Advitium for its project collaboration tool initiative. Under the terms of the contract, LASCOM will automate several business processes, including engineering drawing release, vendor communication and work approval procedures.

Putting the hype in context: IT execs discuss utility trends

EL&P invited four IT executives to share their opinions about IT trends at utilities. The participants included two representatives from utilities and two solution providers.

Double your transmission capacity without changing existing towers

Transmission line ratings are based on a maximum allowed operating temperature to limit conductor damage and maintain required clearances for public safety. Unfortunately, conductors can reach high operating temperatures when lines overload and we need power the most-peak demand during the summer.

Underwater project struggles for air

Several years ago our client, Cross-Sound Cable Company LLC, began its efforts to construct and operate a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) electric transmission and fiber optic cable system from New Haven, Conn. to Long Island, N.Y. capable of transporting 330 MW of electricity between the points in either direction.

Tech Briefs

CENfuel announced the U.S. commercial availability of a process for ultra-cleaning coal prior to combustion. According to the company, the CENfuel process has been proven in laboratory and pilot plant testing of more than 100,000 tons in Europe, Asia and the U.S.