WAMS becoming a Widely Accepted Monitoring System

August marks two dates of historical interest in the power industry: the fifth anniversary of the massive 2003 blackout that spread across the northeastern United States and Canada, and the three-year anniversary of the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct).

When Does the Utility of the Future Begin?

When examining the capstone issues facing utilities who have begun, are on the verge, or are still deciding how and when to begin their “smart grid” journey, it is clear that the central challenges and opportunities are really not confined to advanced metering infrastructure/automated meter reading (AMI/AMR) or “smart grid.

Quality Assurance in the New AMI World

AMI and smart grid initiatives currently under consideration by many utilities depend upon a complex interaction of available and emerging automation, communications and metering technologies.

Alphabet Soup: Making Sense of Maintenance Strategies

Over the past several decades, the role of maintenance in electric utilities has made a transition from being a supportive activity in the shadows of capital expansion initiatives to a central activity responsible for ensuring full functional life from expensive assets.

Two views on demand response: EnerNOC Sells DR to Utilities

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of special articles on the “ins and outs” of demand response (DR).

Two views on demand response: Consumer Powerline Talks Empowerment through DR

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of special articles on the “ins and outs” of demand response (DR)—and one of two on DR for this issue.

New Products

Black & Veatch, a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company, has launched a new set of service offerings, Smart Utility, to provide full-scope solutions in the development and implementation of today’s smart grid technologies.

Uniloc’s Top Ten Rules for CombatingCyber Attacks on Critical Infrastructure

Do serious risk analysis.Determine what your exposure is to identified threats, their consequences, cost of mitigation and risk tolerance.

Get a Grip, Al.

I love Al Gore. I’m just going to get that out of the way up front.