Trends in Mobile Computing and Workforce Management

Mobile computing and wireless workforce management (WFM) have garnered much discussion lately within utilities, among vendors and at utility industry trade shows.

Distributed Generation: Can the Interconnection Barriers be Overcome?

Distributed generation, commonly defined as electric generation located at or close to the point of use, is not a new concept.

E-Marketplaces Vie for Utilities’ Business

Utilities must move beyond typical e-procurement to truly improve their purchasing processes.

Knowledge Mobilization Building a Knowledge Sharing Culture

As the information age unfolds, more and more of what people buy, sell and do has knowledge as its raw material.

Small Network Solves Big Problem

Imagine you're a meter reader for Xcel Energy.

New Products

WalkAbout's Hammerhead 3 rugged mobile computer features a 400 MHz Pentium processor, 256 MB SDRAM, a 10 or 20 GB removable hard drive, and a 10.4-inch color display with pen or touch input.

Middle Egypt Electrical Co. to Install New DMS/SCADA System

Middle Egypt Electrical Co. (MEEC) recently announced that it will be installing a new distribution management system (DMS) and associated supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system for the Minea-Assuit DMS project.

Siemens Acquires PowerGen’s U.K. Metering Business and Datum Solutions

Siemens Metering Limited recently announced it has acquired the metering business of East Midlands Electricity-part of the PowerGen group of companies.

Survey Shows Low Switch-rate for C&I Customers

A recent survey of commercial and industrial (C&I) customers' experience with U.S. electricity deregulation suggests that deregulation has created a fundamental change in the electricity market, transforming it from a predictable, stable arena to a risk-management exercise that caught most C&I customers unprepared, and has caused significant difficulties for many of them.

News Briefs

Snohomish County Public Utility District has selected LineSoft Corp.'s LD-Pro as its design solution for T&D projects.