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POWERGRID_INTERNATIONAL Volume 11 Issue 10

NERC Standards, Super Bowl to Highlight DistribuTECH 2007

After nearly a year of planning, DistribuTECH 2007 is almost here.

Optimizing Reliability in Utility Networks

While reliability is perhaps one of the most watched performance indicators in the utilities industry, improvement efforts are often based on best practices or trial and error.

GETTING EQUIPPED: Utility Poles

Utility (including telephone) poles are a ubiquitous component of our contemporary landscape.

Location, Location, Location: The State of Geospatial Technology

Geospatial technology has incorporated itself into almost every aspect of daily life.

Feds Go to Work on Transmission Congestion

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) tweaked the Federal Power Act just a tad: It sent the Secretary of Energy on a quest to study transmission lines coast to coast-except in ERCOT.

NEW PRODUCTS

Eaton’s new Cutler-Hammer branded NPView is a wireless web server that is placed inside an underground vault or above-grade control room that can wirelessly transmit data from multiple microprocessor communications variant (MPCV) relays underground to a wireless-enabled laptop or handheld PocketPC.

IEC 61850 Goal to ‘Simplify, Harmonize, Lower Costs’

In October, protection engineers gathered in Spokane, Wash., for the annual Western Protective Relay Conference where one of the hot topics was the standard protocol for substation communications, IEC 61850.

The Year that Was, and a Look Ahead

2006 was a big year for electric power industry news, as provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 began to take shape and the U.S. set records for power demand.

Two Must-Read Reports Hint at the Future of Utility Automation

If I had to pick the two things most important to the future of utility automation, I would say regulation and economics.