New Role for Automation and Control Suppliers in an Era of Global Utility Industry

As the domestic and global electric utility industry moves quickly toward structural change, automation and control suppliers are also faced with new challenges and opportunities.

Do What You Do Best

Business and management consultants find new issues to target like politicians in an election year. The result seems to be a lot of posturing, a new way to package an old concept and sometimes a solution that works better than a traditional approach.

Sharing the Risk of a GIS Investment

The combination of a competitive marketplace, flat growth projections, shareholder demands and regulatory initiatives are forcing electric utility executives to make tough decisions when it comes to making technology investments and allocating scarce dollars. The days of cost-plus regulation, franchise-protected service territories and the notion of the customer as "ratepayer" are virtually gone.

Optimizing the Technology Migration Process

The process used by many utilities to evaluate and plan their investments in new automation and telecommunications technology is not only an arduous one, but also one where rationalizing the costs for migration labor, planning and supervision can pose even greater challenges. Moreover, it is not always possible to replace existing systems within a time frame that is acceptable to all of the parties involved, further complicating an already difficult task. EZH, a large electric utility in the Net

Grabbing the TIGER by the Tail

All eyes in the power industry turned to the east in September, as DA/DSM(TM) Asia and POWER-GEN(TM) Asia landed in Singapore. The much-hailed Asian power market drew record numbers of attendees--topping 7,000--as industry leaders converged on the premiere events for the electric power market in Asia.

Latin America Sees Growth in SCADA Implementations

According to a recent study conducted by CSR Market Data Services (the Central/South American Electric Utility SCADA/EMS Market Data Report, April 1995), electric utilities in the Central/South American region are planning to invest $287 million in the 30-month period beginning April 1995, on 101 automated-control systems such as supervisory control and data acquisition/energy management systems (SCADA/EMS).

Utilities Consider Communications-Enabled Services

What types of value-added services will customers demand from their energy services providers in an environment driven by the power of choice? Perhaps they would like to save time and money by starting the dishwasher while at work. Maybe they will prefer the convenience of bundling diverse household services such as energy, telephony, entertainment and data services. Tomorrow`s customers might demand interactive services such as remote billing and real-time energy usage monitoring through person

Technology Transforms German Regions Water Supply System

By Joachim Schillgalies, ATR Industrie-Electronik GmbH & Co. KG, and Gerhard Kreiling, OPTO 22 Automation Products, GmbH

New AMR Technologies

Itron has released next-generation automatic-meter-reading (AMR) technologies that make it easier to deploy enterprise-wide communications networks capable of supporting applications that go beyond AMR.

Distribution System-Analysis Tool

CH-Analysis is an off-the-shelf application, written in a standard language, designed to be integrateable into all GISs. Leverages existing technology by using front and back end of the utility`s GIS.