Substation Automation: Achieving Benefits Enterprise-wide

Substation automation has been a popularly used term in the industry for years, yet many utilities still use the term loosely to describe little more than a classic supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system encompassing a master station and local remote terminal units (RTUs).

You’ve Implemented AMI. Now What? Benefits of Meter Data Warehousing

With an increased focus on customer interaction and data efficiency, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) initiatives have become a priority for utilities throughout North America.

Raising the Bar on Substation Backup Power

Inevitably, utility managers rethink many aspects of their operations in the wake of major outages.

Thousands to Attend DistribuTECH 2006 in Tampa

Conference organizers anticipate more than 4,000 industry professionals will attend DistribuTECH 2006 when it comes to Tampa, Fla.

Technologies to Increase Transmission Capacity

According to the most recent “Long-term Reliability Assessment” from the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC), electricity demand is expected to grow by about 69,500 MW between 2005 and 2009.

Wireless Communications and Control for Underground Network Systems

Beneath our feet, under the concrete and side streets of most major cities, there exists a myriad of cables and power equipment supporting AC power distribution systems.

Transformer Hot Spot Monitoring Comes of Age

For years now, there has been much discussion in the industry about applying new technologies toward improving T&D grid reliability.


Comverge Inc. and Emerson Climate Technologies have released a demand response-capable thermostat platform for electric utility peak load management programs that integrate demand response with automated meter reading.


Newton-Evans Research Co. released a summary of findings and observations from its latest study of transmission and distribution monitoring and control systems used in many of the world’s key electric power utilities.

Datapanik in the Year Zero Five

When I started working as a professional journalist a little over a decade ago, the company I worked for was not what you would call “Internet-savvy.