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POWERGRID_INTERNATIONAL Volume 12 Issue 6

Learning from European Advanced Metering Deployments

Starting in 2000, European utilities soared to the forefront of metering systems technology.

GETTING EQUIPPED: Need for Shunt Capacitor Eliminated with New HV Circuit Breaker

A new 145-kV high-voltage circuit breaker from ABB, the 145PM63-B, utilizes a new high-performance interrupter to serve 121-145-kV applications at 40-, 50-, and 63-kA ratings without need for shunt capacitors to meet ANSI standards for short line fault interrupting.

SCADA Security: 14 Obvious Points of Attack

To reduce the probability of a successful cyber attack on a utility’s SCADA system, steps must be taken to eliminate potential points of vulnerability.

Inside the Head of Xcel’s CIO

Recently, we spoke with Michael Carlson, CIO and vice president for Xcel Energy, about what a CIO does and just how they are important to a utility.

Tomorrow’s European T&D Market: Toward New Markets and Technologies

The European T&D markets and network lie at the heart of the energy system. They must evolve to meet the challenges ahead and to provide all customers with a highly reliable, cost-effective and sustainable power supply.

POWERGRID Europe Takes Root in Madrid

Three key elements of power-from production to delivery-will be offered to every attendee at POWERGRID Europe June 26-28 in Madrid, Spain.

NEW PRODUCTS

The TriMod 600R is a three-phase recloser with the ability to be programmed for three-phase trip/three-phase lockout, three-phase trip/single-phase lockout, or single-phase trip/single-phase lockout.

Bodman, DOE designate first ‘national interest transmission corridors’

U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman on April 26 announced the issuance of the first two draft “national interest electric transmission corridor” designations during the GridWeek Conference in Washington D.C.

Assuming Ladders

During the Wednesday morning session of GridWeek (which took place this past April 23-26 in Washington D.C.), PNM Resources CEO Jeff Sterba framed his keynote presentation with a joke:

The View from Europe: Smart Grid Efforts Share Common Goal with U.S.

Smart grid initiatives continue to gain momentum in the European Union. Increasing the level of intelligence and integration of information and communication technology into every aspect of the electricity system represents the overarching goal of EU smart grid initiatives.