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POWERGRID_INTERNATIONAL Volume 14 Issue 11

Wading through Smart Grid Grants with Humor

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to write a compelling application that will result in winning a nice sized portion of the smart grid investment grant money. Lest you think this will be easy, let’s put a few “Mission Impossible” type hurdles in front of you for this once-in-a-generation gold rush.

New Products

KWJ Engineering has introduced a series of pocket gas detectors. Features include a single button allowing users to turn on/off, view dosimetry, log events and access backlight and the ability to calculate and record dosimetry: MAX, time of MAX, 8-HR TWA, total-exposure in ppm-hrs.

Successful Vegas Project Represents Innovation, Dedication

There is nothing common about NV Energy’s new Sinatra substation or the miles of underground and overhead transmission lines that feed it.

Is There an Asian Energy Crisis?

Asia comprises many developing countries. Their need for energy is extremely high and growing; industrial sectors are expanding, but they are experiencing an energy shortage.

AMI Investments Enable Efficiency, Productivity and Service Quality Improvements

While the smart grid and stimulus funding discussions have garnered significant attention during the past six months, there are utilities already reaping the benefits of their investments in smart grid technology—resulting in improvements in efficiency, productivity and their quality of service.

Rolling Out Technology to Field Workers

What is one of the most difficult challenges a utility faces? Reducing generation to meet with green initiatives?

IR Thermography in the Smart Grid Initiative

Our power grid, the world’s largest interconnected energy machine, consists of more than 9,200 electric generating units with more than 1 million MW of capacity, connected to more than 300,000 miles of transmission lines and countless electrical distribution substations.

Essential Features for a New SCADA System

Ralphie Parker, the main character from the classic Christmas film “A Christmas Story,” knew how to ask for something. He wanted an air rifle, but he didn’t want just any air rifle. He wanted an “Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle with a compass in the stock.” When you want something, be like Ralphie: Get specific. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a cheap copy that won’t get the job done.

ARRA Dominates GridWeek

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) is making a down payment on the nation’s clean energy economy, Steven Chu, U.S. Department of Energy secretary, told GridWeek 2009 attendees.

Let the Spending Begin

The electric utility industry, specifically the power delivery side of the industry, will soon be responsible for creating tens of thousands of jobs and improving customer service and reliability in 49 states. At least that’s the purpose of the $3.4 billion the U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded to 100 companies to build the smart grid. Most press releases report the money will be used to install about 18 million smart meters, 700 automated substations and 200 advanced transformers.