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POWERGRID_INTERNATIONAL Volume 11 Issue 4

FACTS Check: An Overview of the Available Technology

In theory, a transmission system can carry power up to its thermal loading limit, but in practice a number of other constraints come into play before that limit is reached.

PNM Finds Added Value in Circuit Breaker Monitoring

Ernest Sanchez, PNM’s manager of electric station services, needed a more efficient way to dispatch crews to maintain high-voltage circuit breakers throughout New Mexico.

Simple Strategies to Improve Power Reliability

On average, 92 percent of all customer outages result from problems on the power distribution system, and these power interruptions are costly-both for customers and utilities.

Integrating GIS and AMR to Increase Enterprise Benefits

Geospatial information systems (GIS) and automated meter reading (AMR) are two of a power distribution utility’s largest IT investments, but most utilities plan, design, implement and integrate the two technologies into the utility enterprise independently: GIS to provide asset and customer location data and AMR to provide timely customer usage data.

Utility Data Communications: New and Emerging Wireless Technologies

Until a decade ago, the utility industry had very few communication technology options to choose from, and those that were available were usually limited to supporting one application.

SMART ENERGY PERSPECTIVES

I can explain in one sentence why most utilities-large and small alike-will embark on significant “smart grid” efforts within the next two or three years.

Utilities Turning to Vegetable Oil-based Transformer Fluids

Some parts of the Gulf Coast region may never be the same after the devastation caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

New Products

S&C introduces the TripSaver Dropout Recloser for protecting overhead lateral circuits.

NEWS

DistribuTECH 2006 visited beautiful Tampa, on Florida’s sunny West coast from Feb.

WiFi, WiMAX and Wi You Should Care

I’m not an automation engineer, not a systems integrator, not an IT director.