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POWERGRID_INTERNATIONAL Volume 7 Issue 2

A Distribution Information Framework for Real-time Market Responsiveness

Today, almost every distribution utility is investing significant capital to automate the processes that deliver electricity to residential and commercial customers. New developments in energy technologies are providing practical opportunities for utilities to better serve customers by applying distribution and substation automation (see Figure 1), advanced automated meter reading, load management and other power systems automation and control technologies.

Mapping out the Value in Geospatial IT

Evidence indicates that geospatial technologies are providing a great deal of benefit to electric utilities, but measuring the value in dollars and cents remains difficult.

DistribuTECH Celebrates 12th Year South Beach-style

The DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition celebrated a successful 12th year this past Feb. 27-March 1 in Miami Beach, Fla. As usual, the weather was fantastic, and the discussions in the Miami Beach Convention Center were vital to the future of the electric power industry.

GIS Aids in Senegal’s Quest for Light

For the average person living in the industrialized world, electricity is something that is rarely contemplated. It is simply expected to be available in sufficient quantities as soon as an appliance’s "on" switch is thrown.

DSM/Load Management Evolves into Demand Response

This year’s DistribuTECH Conference and Exhibition in Miami Beach, Fla., marked the annual gathering’s 12th edition.

High-speed Fault Detection and Power Restoration in Taiwan

When you push things into smaller and smaller spaces, they tend to get more and more complex. This is true both for electronics and the island-nation where so many electronics come from: Taiwan.

IT Benchmarking Study Seeks Metrics

Although IT implementation and integration projects are as varied as the utilities applying them, the goals described by NSTAR and BG&E reveal the overall objectives are the same—utilities want to boost net revenues while also improving service to customers.

Tackling the Complexities of Meter Data and Billing

A variety of new market forces are creating unprecedented demand for interval meter data. Billing for larger commercial and industrial customers has always depended on it, for example, but now the demands being placed on meter data processing are outstripping the capacity of energy providers’ legacy systems.

TXU Electric & Gas: Pioneer on the Wireless Frontier

TXU Electric & Gas, a subsidiary of Dallas-based global energy services company TXU Corp., serves 2.5 million electricity customers and 1.4 million natural gas customers via its U.S. operations.

New Products

AMREL Corp. has integrated the Intel Pentium III 800 MHz CPU as an optional feature into its Rocky line of rugged mobile computers.