Lending a Hand: How Banks Make Loans—and Assess Credit Risk—for Distribution Utilities

Since mid-2007 it’s been difficult to ignore the cascade of negative headlines about the U.S. sub-prime lending crisis.

GETTING EQUIPPED: For the Fashionable Lineman: Tools and Gifts of the Trade

I spoke with three experts on the opposite ends of the lineman fashion industry to get the alpha and omega of goodies for your favorite pole guy.

AEP’s PSO Unit Responds to Worst Ice Storm in Oklahoma History

December 2007 brought to Tulsa and parts of northeastern Oklahoma the worst ice storm in the history of American Electric Power,s Public Service of Oklahoma unit.

Using the MultiSpeak Specification for Integration

Over the years, many different approaches have aimed to ease the interoperation of applications.

Utility Companies Reveal Storm Restoration Practices

Editor’s note: The following article was edited from a report distributed by software design and development company Macrosoft.

Enhancing Outage Management with AMI

With the advent of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and its associated near real-time meter information, many utilities are examining how that information can enhance their outage management systems (OMS).


Electro Composites Inc.’s 69 kV-145 kV solid insulation bushings replace conventional oil-impregnated paper (OIP) and resin-impregnated (RIP) porcelain bushings typically used in substation circuit breakers and transformers.

At the Heart of the Volatile Transformers Market

In a follow-up to our January issue article on escalating transformer costs, we solicited yet another opinion on the subject—this time from ABB’s Rich Bocim.

A Gift for us Energy Misers

I’m kind of an energy miser. I follow family members around the house turning off lights as soon as they’ve set one foot outside a room.