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POWERGRID_INTERNATIONAL Volume 13 Issue 4

Shining a Light on Blackouts: Progress Made, Hurdles Still Remain

It’s been almost five years since the 2003 blackout in New York and connected regions; it’s been little more than five weeks since one rolled through parts of Florida.

Duke Energy Battles Copper Theft

According to Don Horne of Electricity Today, copper theft increased 1,150 percent from 2005 to 2006.

Outreach & Education: Two Keys to an Effective Line Clearance Program

Successful line clearance programs rely on more than trimming branches away from electric wires or removing trees that may damage equipment during a storm.

ZigBee—A Key Enabler for Residential Demand Response

The old adage “work smarter, not harder” has become a suitable mantra for utility system planners as the gap between electric supply and peak demand continues to grow.

Using GIS for Efficient Transmission Line Siting

Power companies have a new tool for approaching the challenges of transmission line siting.

GETTING EQUIPED: Rugged Computers for Rugged Work

The newest nifty piece of hardware from Apple, the MacBook Air, certainly has the “cool” factor going for it.

New Products

ASAT Solutions says its DAPmini is an ideal solution for those wanting to upgrade D20 remote terminal units.

Energy Expert to Regulators and Utilities: “Just Do It”

To meet future power demand and provide quality, reliable electricity to American homes and businesses, policymakers and state regulators need to change the way electric utilities do business, Kurt Yeager, executive director of the Galvin Electricity Initiative, said recently.

Thoughts on the Florida Blackout

Reflecting on the Florida blackout of Feb. 26, two thoughts comes to mind.