Getting a Start on the Smart Grid: Why Smart Meters are Critical

The 2003 blackout in the northeastern U.S. and Canada put a spotlight on the need for a more reliable, interconnected electric grid in the United States.

Using GPS in Utilities: Accuracy and Applications

Global positioning systems (GPS) have revolutionized field activities for many utilities, enabling ready collection of highly accurate spatial data that can be used to support a variety of systems and objectives.

AMRA Returns to Reno for Autovation 2007

Revisiting the scene of its successful 1999 conference and exhibition, the AMRA returns to Reno, Nev., Sept. 30-Oct. 3 for Autovation 2007.

AMR to Smart Grid: Today’s Technology is the Cornerstone for Tomorrow’s Grid

Advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) systems are upon us. Over the past 20 years many of us have dreamed about remote meter reading, automatic meter reading, customer communications or whatever the dream may have been called at a particular time.

A New Dawn for the Utility CIO

American humorist and philosopher Will Rogers once said, “If we spent as much time studying the future as we do studying the past, we’d be years ahead of where we are now.

KCP&L Plan Energizes Distribution Automation

Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) already possesses distribution automation (DA) “momentum” with past award-winning work with automated capacitors for volt and VAr control.

Pulling the Plug on Energy Theft

With energy prices going up and capital markets tightening, an additional 1 percent or more of revenue from a small investment makes good business sense.

The Emergence of the Personal Data Wall

Recent technological advances in graphics hardware and software have introduced a number of possibilities for professionals working in areas such as grid operations centers where large amounts of data are employed.


Fluke Corp.’s 345 Power Quality Clamp Meter is designed for servicing and commissioning electronic switching loads including variable frequency drives, electronic lighting and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems.

HD Supply Utilities, N-Dimension Partner Up for Cyber Security

HD Supply Utilities, the largest electric utility distributor in North America, has partnered with N-Dimension Solutions Inc.