POWERGRID Europe Beautifies Milan

Europe has a lot on its plate at the moment: a spoonful of nuclear, various bits of fossil fuels, a mound of renewables—all different, but tasty sources of energy.

How Vendor Partnerships are Shaping the Smart Grid

From metering technologies and distribution management to geographic information systems and SCADA solutions, it seems everyone is offering up a piece of the smart grid puzzle.

Wind on the Wires: Can Transmission Infrastructure Adapt?

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) and the U.S.

The Smart Grid Reaches Main Street USA

You dread it—admit it! All of us in the utility industry can agree that it is no fun, after a big power outage, to be the person at the neighborhood cookout branded as an “electric power grid” person.

Getting Equipped: NERC Targets Transmission Relay Loadability

n mid-February, the North American Electric Reliability Corp.’s board of trustees approved a standard addressing a key recommendation from the U.S.–Canada Joint Task Force on the Aug. 14, 2003, blackout.

The Next Step in IEC 61850: Large Applications and Process Bus Applications

After its passage in 2004, IEC 61850 enjoyed a triumphant welcome in the substation automation world.

Prepaid Service Benefits A Co-op and its Customers

The installation of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) equipment has improved billing accuracy and reduced collection costs, but this may be only the beginning of the benefits utilities will realize in the next few years.

New Products

Orders are being accepted for Landis+Gyr’s MAXsys Elite precision electric grid meter.

Mineral and Vegetable Transformer Oils Equally Green?

Vegetable transformer oils are often perceived as more environmentally friendly than mineral oils.

Copper Theft: The Punishment should Fit the Crime

In our last issue, April 2008, we ran an article on copper theft and a new wireless camera technology that Duke Energy is using to combat the crime.