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ELP Volume 82 Issue 2

Over $1B to be spent on EMS/SCADA/DMS in 2003-2006

In the second half of 2003, Newton-Evans Research Com-pany published its five-volume series of reports on the status and outlook for energy management systems, SCADA systems and distribution management systems in electric utilities worldwide.

Primer on load modeling and measurement

Recent blackouts have shown that the dynamic behavior of loads can seriously impact overall electrical grid system performance. And, as a result, knowledge of dynamic loads has become a hot topic.

Reliability, regions and RTOs

On August 14, 2003, a cascading failure blacked out significant areas of the U.S. and Canada. This incident was a fundamental failure to maintain system reliability, or "keep the lights on."

Out of sight, out of mind? Costs and benefits of undergrounding overhead power lines

In the last decade, the U.S. East Coast and Midwest regions have experienced several catastrophic "100 year storms." These storms have left widespread electric power outages...

EAM insulation: Viable alternative for medium-voltage power cable applications

To meet increasing energy demands, utilities today are upgrading the nation's electrical power infrastructure with underground cabling systems that avoid ...

IT/CS Briefs

Siebel Systems Inc. announced that Siebel Systems and IBM will promote Siebel CRM OnDemand to IBM business partners looking to have a robust CRM system in place quickly...

Case study on billing: Tennessee utility cuts disconnects by 70 percent

Telephony technology is changing the way many utilities across the country collect on their overdue accounts and how they communicate with their customers in general.

Taking air pollution to heart

With cardiovascular disease tightening its death grip as America's No. 1 killer, an article published in January's issue of Epidemiology...

Composite core technology could help security, reliability of the U.S. grid

In the wake of the disaster of September 11, 2001 and the blackout of August 14, 2003, the vulnerability of the nation's electric power grid has become a matter of urgent national concern.

Public power gains popularity as sector sustains its financial strength

Electricity consumers across the country are awakening to a new way of doing business with an electricity provider. Particularly in the West, they are exploring the concept of public power systems.