Cybersecurity: Complying with NERC CIP Standards

SCADA/EMS and DCS systems were initially designed with reliability in mind, rather than security.

Integrating AMR and GIS: The Right Tools for the Job

Geographic information systems (GIS) help power companies put their data to work in ways that make their businesses more efficient and effective.

KUA Weathers Storm Outage Management-And Weathers it Well

Who do you go to when you want to discuss managing disaster-related outages? Well, a utility that juggles hurricane season seems a natural choice.

Field Data Communications: Thin-pipe Processes in a Fat-pipe World

With the continued expansion of commercial high-speed data networks (3G cellular, WiFi, WiMax, etc.), utilities are tempted by the pleasing marketing melodies of this fat-pipe (high-bandwidth) world, but it is unclear whether the fat-pipe world can bring measurable business value.

GETTING EQUIPPED: How Rugged is Your Rugged Mobile Computer?

When computer manufacturers like Panasonic, Itronix and Xplore Technologies tout their machines as “rugged,” it’s not just an empty marketing term.

Understanding Power System Models and Predicting the Next Blackout

How can we ensure that the United States doesn’t suffer another major blackout in the coming years? The answer to this question is multi-faceted and not easy to arrive at.

By the Numbers: A Look at the Substation Automation and Integration Market

The Newton-Evans Research Company four-volume research series “The World Market for Substation Automation and Integration Programs in Electric Utilities: 2005-2007” has found that more than 80 percent of global utility respondents indicated that they have substation automation and integration programs under way.


Resources on Demand Version 2.0 from Macrosoft is an automated emergency resource management tool for electric utilities.

Eye on Europe: EU Releases Energy Policy Plan

In January, the European Union’s (EU) Energy Commission released its latest findings on emissions and markets within the Union.

Transmission Buzz Reaches Critical Mass

Between late December and late January, when this issue was completed, we saw more major transmission news announcements come across the wires than we had in the previous 12 months put together-maybe even longer.