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Geospatial Data Through Cyberspace: The “Most Elegant Invention” Proves Valuable to Utilities

The Internet was one of the greatest spin-off products of the Cold War. If the Internet had been invented for the purposes we are using it today, instead of as a means of secure communications during times of war, it never would have been designed this way. However, the technology was well established before the most compelling civilian applications had been envisioned. None the less, this medium has developed into one of the 20th Century`s most elegant and useful inventions, especially for uti

Telecommunications may provide lower risk opportunity for electric utilities

With the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, many U.S. electric utilities are increasingly investing in the telecommunications industry.

Conference Focuses on Technologies for Customer Satisfaction

The DistribuTECH(TM) Conference has emerged into the utility industry`s leading symposium on utility automation. The Seventh Annual International Symposium, held in San Diego, Calif., in late January, continued the legacy of previous conferences by setting attendance and exhibitor records. This years conference centered around the theme, "Creating a Competitive, Customer-Driven Utility Company." The 4,000 attendees were provided with three days of valuable information on current business and tec

Automation Honors

Werner von Siemens, the late 19th century scientist, inventor and electrical engineer whose innovations helped shape modern industry, has been selected as a posthumous inductee into the Automation Hall of Fame. With his development of the pointer telegraph, Siemens helped to usher in a new era of communications. The most famous of Siemens` many inventions was the modern electric dynamo, which made possible the inexpensive generation of electricity.

Substation Design Winners Announced at IEEE

At the 1996 IEEE/PES Summer Meeting, the winners of Electric Light & Power`s 7th annual substation design contest were announced. Boston Edison`s Network Station 53 won first place in the engineering/operations category. Station 53 occupies a 12,074-square-foot site in the heart of the Boston financial district. The latest in engineering technology was utilized to guarantee reliability, maintain the highest service quality and provide capacity for future load growth. Station 53 is supplied by tw