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POWERGRID_INTERNATIONAL Volume 12 Issue 10

Intelligent Electric Meters: Gateways for Advanced Utility Applications

Electric utilities today are harvesting the operational benefits of automated meter reading (AMR) systems to improve the bottom line in an ever-demanding market.

Demand Response Program Design: Start at the End

A growing number of utilities are increasing their commitment to implementing and enlarging demand response programs.

The New Crew: Keeping Pace with the 21st Century Asset Boom

When electric-utility construction flourished in the 1960s and 1970s, so did the lucrative careers of the engineers behind the boom.

Protective Relaying Reliability in the New Century: Condition-based Maintenance Management

Protective relaying systems stand guard over the power grid, watching for faults and disturbances, and making selective decisions in milliseconds to operate circuit breakers to isolate the problem.

Mobile Workforce Management: Licensed vs. Outsourced

Over the last 20 years, field workforce automation was the poster child for overlooked opportunities in utility technology.

Utility Trucks: Where the Rubber Meets the Road

Later this month, the International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition, or ICUEE, will take place in Louisville, Ky.

New Products

Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution (PTD) has launched a high-voltage direct current transmission (HVDC) system, based on a new generation of converters using voltage-sourced converter (VSC) technology.

EPRI Issues Updated “Red Book”

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) unveiled an updated and expanded edition of its landmark guidebook EPRI AC Transmission Line Reference Book: 200 kV and Above, Third Edition, which is widely known as the “Red Book,” the industry standard on high-voltage line design.

Of Dogs, Tails and Eisenhower-esque Vision

I was fortunate to have been invited to attend a small but very meaningful gathering of utility executives recently.

Using a Smart Grid to Address Our Aging Infrastructure

A large underground pipe bursts, sending scalding hot plumes of steam and water into the air one block from New York’s Grand Central Station.