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POWERGRID_INTERNATIONAL Volume 12 Issue 11

Where is IEC 61850?

The development of the IEC 61850 standard for substation communications carried with it the promise of a new era in substation automation.

AMR/OMS Integration: Improving Operational Efficiencies One Ping at a Time

In electric distribution operations, many practices and procedures have withstood the test of time simply because they are in line with industry best practices and have proved to be the best approach to solve today’s problems with existing technology.

Hydro-Quebec Designs Substations in 3-D

Three-dimensional computer-aided design (CAD 3-D) modeling software is widely used in the automobile and aircraft industry.

DistribuTECH’s Utility University Offers Unique Learning Opportunity

DistribuTECH 2008 is just around the corner. The main conference and exhibition takes place Jan. 22-24, 2008, in Tampa, Fla., and features more than 50 conferences sessions in 13 different tracks.

Using Technology to Overcome Workforce Shortages

To many managers in the utilities sector, the future doesn’t look as bright as it could.

Lessons in Transmission: AEP Electrifies the Virginias

American Electric Power’s (AEP) $306 million Wyoming-Jacksons Ferry 765-kilovolt (kV) transmission project was the largest electric transmission infrastructure project under way when it was dedicated last year.

Protection and Control Redundancy Considerations in Medium Voltage Distribution Systems

Extra high voltage transmission and sub-transmission backbones provide for multiple power flow paths to increase availability of power supply and to facilitate work on the primary equipment while maintaining service.

New Products

American Superconductor has introduced a Static VAR Compensator (SVC) product line, based on its proprietary controls technology combined with thyristor switch technology it obtained through the acquisition of Power Quality Systems Inc.

DOE Designates Southwest Area, Mid-Atlantic Area National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Assistant Secretary for Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability Kevin M. Kolevar announced the Department’s designation of two National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors (National Corridors) in October: the Mid-Atlantic Area National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor and the Southwest Area National Interest Electric Transmission Corridor.

HVDC Offers Bright Future for Long Islanders

On a damp, overcast October morning, I was invited to attend the dedication of a facility that promises a bright energy future for Long Island, N.Y., residents.