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POWERGRID_INTERNATIONAL Volume 11 Issue 7

Hydro-Québec’s Distribution Technology Roadmap

Hydro-Québec is no different from other utility companies in that they face the challenges of an aging workforce, an aging network, new technologies, increased customer’s requirements, etc.

Using Bad Data to Train Good Grid Dispatchers

Power grid dispatchers can now train like airline pilots, using simulators that provide faulty readings designed to throw them off, thus teaching them how to compensate for instrument failure and continue to safely and reliably operate the grid.

Getting Equipped: University Project takes Aims at Grid Security

Recently, several threats to the nation’s power grid have been made plain.

Expanding Uses of GPS

Today nearly everyone has heard of global positioning systems (GPS), and many have a good idea of what they do.

The State of WAMS

August marked two dates of historical interest in the power industry: the third anniversary of the 2003 blackout that spread across the eastern United States and Canada, and the one-year anniversary of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct).

Europia: Europe Clamors for a T&D Utopia

Europe’s transmission markets, if personified like a great literary character, would best be labeled “sophisticated, but scattered” these days-­a polished old gent who can’t quite figure out the best way to arrive at his destination.

SMART ENERGY PERSPECTIVES

Wide area measurement/management systems (WAMS) allow utilities to maintain “over the horizon” awareness of conditions in neighboring control areas.

NEW PRODUCTS

Command Center 2.3, the newest version of Hunt Technologies AMI operating software, has been released.

NEWS

The CapX 2020 utilities-an alliance of electric cooperatives, municipals and investor-owned utilities-took the first step in the regulatory process for three new 345-kV transmission lines this summer.

The Era of the ERO Begins

In mid-July, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission did something that many in the power industry (this writer included) have spent years clamoring for: It certified NERC as the official “Electric Reliability Organization” for the United States and, in so doing, gave it the authority to make its reliability rules mandatory and enforceable.